Review: Grand Traverse “Ole George” Rye WhiskeyMay 12th, 2010
Looking for a respectable, young, rye whiskey from one of the new Artisan distillers? Here’s one that’s just out. Two years old, and I can enjoy it neat! Only three casks (for now). They’ll have another dozen next year. And only available at the distillery. But maybe you had the chance to taste it at WhiskyFest Chicago a couple weeks ago?
Grand Traverse “Ole George”, 46.5%, $48
Sweet (caramel, butterscotch), botanical, 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.
Advance Malt Advocate magazine rating: 80