Traverse City Whiskey Co. 2022 Barrel Proof American Cherry Whiskey
Mashbill: 75/21/4 Corn/Rye/Malted Barley
Tasting Notes: Cherry cobbler on the nose. It's a mix of cinnamon, buttery pastry dough and dry vermouth. I'm expecting overly sweet but it's incredibly well balanced. Tart cherry, oak and black pepper on the finish. The mouthfeel is viscous and buttery.
Four barrels were selected specifically for this expression and filled on May 28, 2015. The new expression features the same mash bill (75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malt barley) and recipe as American Cherry Edition, but a higher proof (between 109-112). Additionally, the team infuses the Barrel Proof version with 10 pounds of Montmorency Sour Cherries from Fredrickson Orchards, which are wrapped in cheesecloth and suspended in the batch to fully infuse their rich, fruity flavor for approximately three days (versus 10 for the Bottle Proof version). The batch is then tasted at multiple points by the team’s Master Distiller and Master Blender to ensure the proper balance and addition of the cherry essence. Once the perfect taste is achieved, the cherries are removed and the whiskey is bottled. The finished expression exhibits notes of rich dark chocolate, cherries, raspberries, vanilla, hints of cinnamon and star anise. Sweet cream and notes of leather are found in the finish.