The bourbon sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost, courtesy of the respective company.

Traverse City lies on the banks of West Arm Grand Traverse Bay. The town is known for its majestic bay views.

Traverse City Whiskey Co. may soon be the reason to visit Michigan as they have broke ground on a $20 million distillery, the state’s largest. The 35-acre campus will have a 20,000-square-foot barrel house and should be completed in 2024.

Recently, the distillery released a three-bottle finishing series that is on today’s agenda.


A five-year-old bourbon finished in port barrels for another nine months completes this amazing and unique bourbon.

Port finishes are typically not my favorite because they mask everything bourbon should be, but not here.

Loads of caramel, raisin, and baking spice permeate the palate, staying true to the aroma of the glass. The port is distinguished throughout the sip; the nine months of additional aging helps this bourbon shine. The finish is complex, with a sweet and peppery ending that was okay.

If you like port-finished bourbon, this is a must-try, but if that’s not your bag, I would still try this selection because it may change your mind.

This whiskey receives 3/5 Barrels.

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