Traverse City Port Barrel Finished

Traverse City Port Barrel Finish

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Traverse City Port Barrel Finish

Country: USA - Michigan - Traverse City
Distillery: Traverse City Whiskey Co
Type: Straight Bourbon
Age: 4 (3+1)
Cask: American Oak + Port Barrel
ABV: 45%
Proof: 90
Price: $45

Nose: Not surprisingly there is abundance of prunes, Sultana grapes, candied orange, Demerara sugar, violets

Palate: Texture is creamy Creamy texture with apples, pomegranate, blackberry, honey.

Finish: Balanced black currant with peppers, leather, vanilla and nutmeg. A bit astringent after taste.

In the last years, Port barrels have been really useful for a lot of distilleries to offer a different variety of flavors to their customers. I also chose a Scotch whisky with the Port barrel influence as the Best of 2019. 

Traverse Whiskey Port Barrel Finish is also a really interesting expression from the distillery. I did like how the taste evolves until the finish. The nose offers an impression of overshadowing wine barrel influence with the abundance of red fruits. The palate is the highlight of the whiskey and finish is a little bit astringent which made me cut some points. I think the whiskey is really pleasant in general, however, Port influence is overpowering bourbon characteristics. In a blind tasting, we could here too many different opinions on the type of whiskey. 

I believe in time, with the help of Michigan's climate, this expression will get more balanced and have a depth of flavors.