If there’s a “Story in Every Bottle” of Traverse City Whiskey, and storytelling is an art (or so they say), then consider us EL James and our whiskey is 50 Shades of Grey – seriously, you should try it. Traverse City is where we’re from—this complacent, authentic city in Northern Michigan has become synonymous with enjoying life (and whiskey), an active lifestyle and a retreat where timeless memories are made. Our culture is a reflection of the area and we’re on a mission to produce the smoothest, greatest whiskey possible. The story of the Traverse City Whiskey Co. dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when the accomplished brew master, my great-great grandfather John Silhavy Sr., emigrated from Czechoslovakia and settled in Saginaw, Michigan. While John’s professional life was focused on brewing, a talent he eventually passed down to his son, John Silhavy Jr., his real passion was distilling the perfect batch of whiskey and gin. Like father, like son: Years later, settled in Saginaw and working as a chemical engineer, John Jr. was passionate about mixing and mashing the perfect combination of ingredients for his respective projects. Behind the scenes, as a second generation brew master and “master” distiller, John developed a number of patented techniques which helped him create a proprietary whiskey recipe – ironically, during the prohibition – that has been passed down through the family for generations.