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Welcome back to The Cask! This is the thirteenth edition of The Cask and I welcome you back to review another fine whiskey! If you missed the previous editions of The Cask, check it out here with a link to the past editions (there’s a couple other posts mixed in too, you’ll notice my consistent lead image):

Past Editions of The Cask

Today we continue Michigan Whiskey Month with Traverse City Whiskey Co.’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Last week I tried what has become my favorite bourbon - New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon. So we continued our loop around the lower peninsula of Michigan by heading up to Traverse City.


I unfortunately have to report that this was....disappointing. Traverse City Whiskey Co. is clearly selling this stuff simply because of the brand name of Traverse City. I don’t really have a ton to say here, the flavor just wasn’t there for me. I thought it was just the fond memories of my new favorite Bourbon from New Holland that was interfering with my flavor expectations, so I tried some W.L. Weller for around 10 bucks less a bottle and even the Weller was better. Maybe I should have got the Cherry flavored one they sell, Traverse City, MI is known as the Cherry Capital of the World after all. I just really wanted to taste the whiskey itself, not the cherries.

Price: $31.99 - Mid-range

Way overpriced for what it is and what it is and to be clear it is not great whiskey. I’m glad that I made the gamble on it so all of you don’t have to. That’s why I run this blog, to help you guys out and save you the cash! (See, it’s a public service!)


Quality: Ice Sipper - 3

If you remember from the last edition of The Cask, here’s the way I do the rankings, 1 being the best.

  1. Sipper
  2. Rocks Sipper
  3. Ice Sipper
  4. Mixer

A 3? After a 1 last week? Yeah, there’s ups and downs when you’re trying new stuff. Unfortunately this week was a down...a big down. I ALMOST made this a 4. I might be being too nice to it, in a tiny bit of defense for it, my wife actually didn’t think it was that bad. I thought is was kind of sour flavored instead of the sweetness I got from the New Holland. At the end of the day I would not recommend it. If you want a Bourbon that is made in Michigan, the answer is still New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon.


As always let me know what you think, what you want me to drink, and what you’ve been drinking! Have a great weekend everyone!

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