Chris Fredrickson founded the Traverse City Whiskey Company in 2012 after discovering his great-grandfather’s distilling patents at the family farm two years prior. The company offers several different whiskies, but GSN was sent their American Cherry Edition for review.

As Chris said, “Since cherry farming is a true marker of Traverse City, our American Cherry Edition is infused with Northern Michigan cherries. We use our Traverse City Straight Bourbon as the base whiskey and each barrel, after it’s completed aging, is macerated with ten pounds of local fruit for ten days so the whiskey takes on the subtle essence of cherry or apple.”

“We work with generational coopers in Kentucky and Tennessee to get top-quality American oak with a lighter char to help the whiskey mature with more complexity and elegance.”, Chris added.

Traverse City American Cherry Bourbon (70 proof)
Visual: Dark copper.
Nose: A blast of dark cherry on the nose supported by a medium soft bourbon essence.
Taste: The bourbon is very subdued and lets the cherry flavor carry the spirit. It seems as if this is the 2-year-old version of their Straight Bourbon. On the other hand, the cherry flavor works nicely here and is not medicinal or cloying by any means.
Finish: Medium long with more of the cherry holding on, than the bourbon.
Overall: This is a fruity whiskey that will appeal to younger folks. Try it with a cola, or as a shot and it does the job.
GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: TC Whiskey