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Grand Traverse Ole George Double Barrel 100% Straight Rye, 46.5% Price: $64.00

Brand: Grand Traverse
Category: Craft Whiskey

The quality is instantly discernable, even as the rye grain takes a back seat to layered aromas of cherry and dark currant, coupled with sweet notes of brown sugar and treacle underscored by fresh oak, toasted spices, and dark chocolate. Beyond its richness and depth, this beams bright and lively on the palate as grapefruit zest meets rye bread, followed by a finish of harmonized sweetness and spice. Aged 3 years in American oak; finished in French oak. (Distillery only)
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Grand Traverse Islay Rye, 45% Price: $49.00

Brand: Grand Traverse
Category: Craft Whiskey

Once you get over any initial disappointment (there is no peat smoke), this is one engaging and mouthwatering whiskey; clean with malty cereal notes, golden raisins, bread dough, and freshly-sawn oak. The real clincher, however, is the captivating wisp of saline sea breeze echoing across a warming finish of cherry hard candies, rye spice, and salt brine. Medium-bodied, fresh, and delicious. (Distillery only) 375ml
(Fall 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Grand Traverse "Ole George," 46.5% Price: $48.00

Brand: Grand Traverse
Category: Rye Whiskey

Sweet (caramel, butterscotch), botanical, and liqueur-ish, with honeyed fruit and a peppering of spice throughout (cinnamon, pine needles, anise). Very clean too! But what impresses me most is its maturity for its age. It’s pretty mellow for a two year old 100% straight rye whiskey. (Available only at the distillery.)
(Fall 2010) Reviewed by: John Hansell

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