Our Spirits

 

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Whiskey

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Ole George 100% Straight Rye Whiskey: At Grand Traverse Distillery our goal in making Ole George was to distill a Premium American rye whiskey the way our forefathers did prior to prohibition. Ole George Whiskey is distilled from a 100% rye mash bill and is bottled at 93 proof. Rye has a unique character that no other grain can provide in that the rye imparts a spicy flavor. Our Ole George Whiskey is bottled straight from the barrel. We do not chill filter any of our whiskeys or bourbons as chill filtering can remove flavor. Our products are clean going into the barrel and clean coming out. Our goal with Ole George Whiskey is to let the unique flavor of the rye come through. Come in and taste it for yourself. Notes of rye bread, spiciness, vanilla and caramel.

100% Straight Bourbon Whiskey: Our Bourbon is handcrafted using a mash bill of 70 percent Michigan Corn, 20 percent Michigan Rye and 10 percent Malted Barley. We barrel age it for 3 years and three months in our climate controlled rick house before we blend it to 92 proof with Pure Michigan glacial water from the Great Lakes without cold filtering it. Our Bourbon is smoky on the palate with notes of tobacco, vanilla and oak with a long clean crisp finish to be enjoyed straight up or on the rocks!

Cherry Whiskey: Our Cherry Whiskey is a two-year-old straight bourbon that we produce in house. After we distill and age it we blend in about a 3% ratio of tart cherry concentrate from Leelanau Fruit Company. Like our regular Bourbon you will pick up notes of tobacco, vanilla and oak and it finishes with a subtle natural cherry flourish. This is an 80 proof whiskey with a smooth cherry finish, not sweet. Great for Manhattans or Whiskey Sours!

Double Barrel Ole George Whiskey: This “Limited Release” whiskey is aged just like regular Ole George in a #4 charred American white oak barrel and then we move it to a French oak finishing barrel. The French oak has a toasted interior and a much tighter grain pattern resulting in a distinct flavor profile with extra depth.

*Islay Rye Whiskey: This is a limited edition product made in a small batch composed of 80% rye and 20% peated malted barley, and aged for 4 years. The flavor from the rye provides our signature taste in our whiskeys, and the peated malted barley brings notes of smokiness reminiscent to a single malt Scotch. Notes of smokiness, floral characters, and spice are all found in this one of a kind product.

 

Vodka

 

True North Rye Vodka: Ingredients in our True North Rye Vodka originate from the beautiful Grand Traverse region that we call home. From the rich soils comes our quality rye grown by the Send Brothers in Williamsburg. Our water originated in the crystal clean glacial waters of the Great Lakes. With these quality ingredients, True North Vodka is a one of a kind ultra premium spirit, hand crafted in small batches and distilled 37 times.

Locally grown rye lends our vodka a gentle sweetness that rolls across the palette with an exceptionally smooth finish. The flavor is sweet with notes of fudge, egg cream, toasted wheat and toasted rye bread along with the spicy essence of rye. True North Rye Vodka is exquisite sipping vodka that can be enjoyed straight up, right out of the freezer, on the rocks with an olive, or with your favorite mixer. Na zdrowie!

True North Wheat Vodka: Our award winning True North Wheat Vodka has the neutral flavor and smoothness wheat vodka drinkers expect from its Northern European rivals such as Ketel One, Grey Goose and Absolut. Grand Traverse Distillery – True North Wheat Vodka is made from grain grown for our distillery by the Send Brothers in Williamsburg, MI. While the distillation process is very similar to our rye vodka, the same 37 distillations, we take great care to craft a unique vodka that allows for the character of the local wheat to come through. Notes of graham crackers, dried fruit, custard, delicate anise, dusty grain, and mossy stone notes. Finishes with smooth, talc and mint water accented fade. 

True North Cherry Vodka: We couldn’t create world class vodka in the world’s largest cherry production region without capitalizing on the fruit that makes our region famous. We created an exquisite product that is light, crisp, and delicious, perfectly echoing the natural sweetness and delicacy of the fruit. Adding a hint of chocolate was the final touch. The blending of our 37 times distilled True North Rye Vodka with a unique cherry essence and a hint of chocolate will leave our customers with a unique experience.

True North Chipotle Vodka: Our award winning True North Wheat Vodka is the base for this exciting vodka release. Grand Traverse Distillery – True North Chipotle Vodka is made from grain grown for our distillery by the Send Brothers in Williamsburg, MI and then infused with smokey chipotle peppers. The flavor at first has some heat, but not to much, and then sweetness and smoke cross the palate. Drink it neat, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail for a unique twist!

True North Chocolate Vodka: This is no ordinary chocolate vodka. While most flavored vodkas are artificially flavored and sweetened the masterpiece you are about to taste has been naturally infused with organic cocoa nibs leaving this vodka dripping with authentic bittersweet coca character. On top of that, we have also infused fresh navel oranges into this luscious beverage, imparting a natural sweetness and deeply satisfying citrus twist that will leave a smile on your face that is until your glass is empty! Our True North Chocolate Vodka is created in small batches and distilled 37 times and therefore quantities are limited. This product is only available at our tasting rooms.

 

Gin

 

Peninsula Gin: We wanted our first gin to exceed our customer’s expectations on what a London Dry style gin should taste like and we believe we have made a spirit that will be a bench mark by which other London Dry style gins will be judged in the future. We started with our Gold Medal winning Wheat Vodka as a base and then infused it with juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root, coriander and grains of paradise. We then do a final distillation on it and the result is a 90 proof gin that has a nose that is amazing with citrus and floral notes along with juniper. We suggest pairing it our Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic for the most refreshing and high quality Gin and Tonic you can imagine!

Barrel Finished Gin: We start with our award winning Peninsula Gin that is distilled with 7 botanicals and we fill two casks with it. One cask being an Ole George Barrel and the other being a Bourbon barrel. We let the gin sit and mellow for 6 months in each cask and we then blend them together to produce a gin with a very smooth and balanced flavor profile that finishes with a hint of the whiskies that came from the casks before it.

 

Rum

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Silver Reserve Rum: Our first foray into Rum! Distilled from fancy dark Caribbean sugar cane molasses this rum is nicely sweet with notes of vanilla and butter scotch. Perfect on the rocks or in your favorite silver rum cocktail this one is sure to please.

 

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Whiskey

Small Batch Rye Whiskey: At Grand Traverse Distillery our goal in making our Small Batch Rye was to distill a Premium American rye whiskey the way our forefathers did prior to prohibition.The Small Batch Rye Whiskey is distilled from a 100% rye mash bill and is bottled at 90 proof. Rye has a unique character that no other grain can provide in that the rye imparts a spicy flavor. Our Small Batch Rye is bottled straight from the barrel. We do not chill filter any of our whiskeys or bourbons as chill filtering can remove flavor. Our products are clean going into the barrel and clean coming out. Our goal with Small Batch Rye is to let the unique flavor of the rye come through. Come in and taste it for yourself. Notes of rye bread, spiciness, vanilla and caramel.

Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey: Our Bourbon is handcrafted using a mash bill of 70% Michigan Corn, 20% Michigan Rye and 10% Malted Barley. We barrel age it for 3 years and three months in our climate controlled rick house before we blend it to 90 proof with Pure Michigan glacial water from the Great Lakes without cold filtering it. Our Bourbon is smoky on the palate with notes of tobacco, vanilla and oak with a long clean crisp finish to be enjoyed straight up or on the rocks!

 

Gin

Small Batch Botanical Gin: We wanted our first gin to exceed our customer’s expectations on what a London Dry style gin should taste like and we believe we have made a spirit that will be a bench mark by which other London Dry style gins will be judged in the future. We started with our Gold Medal winning Wheat Vodka as a base and then infused it with juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root, coriander and grains of paradise. We then do a final distillation on it and the result is a 90 proof gin that has a nose that is amazing with citrus and floral notes along with juniper. We suggest pairing it our Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic for the most refreshing and high quality Gin and Tonic you can imagine!

 

Rum

Silver Reserve Rum: Our first foray into Rum! Distilled from fancy dark Caribbean sugar cane molasses, this rum is nicely sweet with notes of vanilla and butterscotch, bottled at 80 proof. Perfect on the rocks or in your favorite silver rum cocktail this one is sure to please.

Also…

True North Rye Vodka

True North Wheat Vodka

True North Cherry Vodka