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Spirit Reviews and Awards

Distillery Awards

Michigan Meetings and Events 2018 Best Distillery

Food and Agriculture, Corp Magazine 2018 Crystal Award

Best of Grand Traverse 2017 Best Local Distillery

Best Distillery - 2017 Michigan Meetings and Events Magazine

Best Distillery Tasting Room - 2017 Detroit Metro Times “Best of Detroit”

Best Spirits 2011 People’s Choice Winner, Chefs Challenge​

Vodkas

Cherry Vodka - 3 Stars-Recommended

2008 Spirit Journal

Cherry Vodka - Highly Recommended

2008 F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal

Cherry Vodka - Third Place

2016 Red Hot Best Locally Distilled Spirit

Cherry Vodka - Bronze Medal

2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Cherry Vodka - Silver Medal

2009 International Review of Spirits, 87 points

Cherry Vodka - Silver Medal

"Aroma: Sweet maraschino cherry, cherry Twizzlers, Swedish fish, cherry ice cream, cake frosting, strong marzipan/almond, hazelnut, almond. cherry pit.
Palate: Black cherry, candied cherry, chocolate, vegetal, herbs.
Finish: Cherry, cherry skin, vanilla, vanilla extract, almond extract, spicy, very approachable."

True North Rye Vodka - Silver Medal

True North Rye Vodka - Silver Medal, World Vodka Awards 2018

"Grainy nose. Buttery sweetness, touch of spices with cumin notes. Complex and well balanced finish with good acidity."

True North Rye Vodka- "Yes, Michigan makes awesome Vodka! Here are 7 you must try"

" The flavor is sweet with a hint of toastiness and a smooth finish."

True North Rye Vodka - Double Gold Medal

2013 The Fifty Best-Domestic Vodka Tasting/Judging

True North Rye Vodka - 5 Stars-Rabble Score

“Our highest recommendation” 2009

True North Rye Vodka - Silver Medal

2017 World Vodka Awards

True North Rye Vodka - 5 Stars

2018 Beverage Experts

True North Rye Vodka - Proof 66 Review

"In a sea of similarity, True North is a vodka that establishes a specific point of view and sets itself apart."

True North Rye Vodka - Double Gold

2017 Artisan American Spirit Awards-American Distilling Institute (ADI)

True North Rye Vodka - Best in Category

2017 Artisan American Spirit Awards-ADI

True North Rye Vodka - Gold Medal

2007 International Review of Spirits Award

True North Rye Vodka - Gold Medal

2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

True North Rye Vodka - Gold Medal

2009 International Review of Spirits-92 points

True North Rye Vodka - Gold Medal

2013 International Review of Spirits

True North Rye Vodka - Silver Medal

2017 International Review of Spirits, 89 points

True North Rye Vodka - Silver Medal

2010 San Francisco World Spirit Awards-ADI

True North Rye Vodka - Silver Medal

2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

True North Rye Vodka - Top 4 in the World

2010 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

True North Rye Vodka - Top 5 in the World

2008 Beverage Experts

True North Rye Vodka - Top 6 in the World

2009 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

True North Rye Vodka - Top 50 Spirits in the World

2009

True North Rye Vodka - Top 50 Spirits in the World

2010

True North Rye Vodka - People's Choice

2011 Chefs Challenge Boyne Mtn.

True North Rye Vodka - 5 Stars

2015 Beverage Experts

True North Rye Vodka - 5 Stars

2009 Beverage Experts

True North Rye Vodka - 4 Stars Highly Recommend

2008 Spirit Journal

Wheat Vodka - 92 Points

"Clear color. Mild, herbal aromas of herbal zucchini bread, delicate sweet and pepper spices, creamy bread pudding, and praline with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, easy whipped cream, powdered sugar, and white macadamia cookie finish. A very smooth, creamy, and flavorful vodka with a lot to offer."

Wheat Vodka - Gold Medal

2016 International Review of Spirits - 92 points

Wheat Vodka - Gold Medal

2013 International Review of Spirits - 92 points

Wheat Vodka - Gold Medal

2009 International Review of Spirits - 93 points

Wheat Vodka - Silver Medal

2010 San Francisco Int. Spirit Competition

Wheat Vodka - 5 Stars

2016 Beverage Experts

Wheat Vodka - 5 Stars Exceptional

2015 Beverage Experts

Wheat Vodka - 4 Stars

2009 Beverage Experts

Chiptole Vodka - 91 points

"Clear color. Spicy, earthy aromas of grilled peppers, charred pineapple, and apricot coulis with an crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a nuanced, medium-length roasted poblano pepper, dark agave syrup, stewed tomatoes, and ancho chile heat finish. This is a great savory vodka to mix in cocktails for a night of barbecue and close friends."

Chipotle Vodka - Bronze Medal for Flavored Vodka

2017 Artisan American Spirit Awards- ADI

Chipotle Vodka - Gold Medal

2017 International Review of Spirits - 91 points

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Whiskeys

December 04, 2019

Bourbon - Bronze Medal Fifty Best 2020

New York, NY, (December 4, 2019) – The Fifty Best has once again shined its spotlight on Bourbon Whiskey by hosting a tasting where 41 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Bourbon Whiskey” awards for 2020.

 

The Fifty Best is pleased to announce that Grand Traverse Distillery 100% Straight Bourbon Whiskey was awarded a Bronze medal.

Islay Rye - Gold Medal

2017 Artisan American Spirits Awards-ADI

Bourbon - Gold Medal

2019 Heartland Whiskey Competition - Best in Category and Best in State

Bourbon - 4.5 Stars

2016 Beverage Experts

Bourbon - Silver Medal

The Fifty Best Silver Medal - 2018

Bourbon - Silver Medal

2017 Artisan American Spirits Awards-ADI

Bourbon - Gold Medal

2017 The Fifty Best

Bourbon - Gold Medal

2014 The Fifty Best

Bourbon - Angels Portion Review

"Even while gathering closely to the sample as it was being poured into my bottle to take home, the scent was foretelling an exceptional sipper. And when I arrived home and transferred the elixir to a Glencairn, giving it a swirl or two before lifting scents of sweet corn dotted with black pepper, sea salt, and paprika, again, I knew I was being led to something exceptional."

Bourbon - 91 Points

"At three years old and 92 proof, it is so good in fact, this has catapulted itself into my favorite whiskeys of 2018 so far (perhaps even of all time).  This whiskey deserves a place in any bourbon connoisseur’s collection if you are able to find it locally.   It is truly exceptional."

Bourbon - The Whisky Magazine Review

"A very bold American whiskey indeed. "

Ole George - For Whiskey Lovers Review

"Color: Deep, brilliant copper with hints of gold.

Aroma: The aromatics are complex and pure with scents of toasted grain, black pepper, sourdough rye bread, dried black fruits, caramel, vanilla, allspice, and pralines.

Taste: The palate is in full agreement with the nose offering a silky and zesty marriage of fruit, caramel, pepper and brown baking spices 

Finish: silky that coats the palate and lingers for minutes."

Ole George - Double Gold Medal

"Nose: Toffee brittle, chocolate, maple syrup, browned butter, vanilla, plums, bubblegum, dried fruit, banana peel, orange blossom, ginger, cucumber, light grain, caraway seed, fennel, clove, black pepper, leather, pine.Palate: Toffee, caramel, nougat, molasses, mead, honey, demerara sugar, vanilla, dried berries, cherry, sharp apple, herbal, sweet lemon tea, spice, clove, pepper, old cinnamon, bark, toasted grain, smooth.Finish: Fruitcake, cherry essence, vanilla, floral, minty, spice, cinnamon, clove, pepper, toasty, lightly charred oak, rum-like, fresh, zesty, great balance, smooth."