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Great Lakes Distillery

Great Lakes Distillery
KinnicKinnic American Blended Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35.00
2017 Best American Blended Whiskey

Great Lakes Distillery
KinnicKinnic American Blended Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43%
Medium amber color. Curious, nutty aromas and flavors of fresh peanut butter and jelly sandwich, praline and beer nuts, suede, and dried apricot with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long toasted peach scone, nuts, and pumice finish. An interesting nutty, fruity blend for sipping or creative cocktails.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Spirity & Rich
Aroma Aroma: fresh peanut butter and jelly sandwich, praline and beer nuts, suede, and dried apricot
Taste Flavor: toasted peach scone, nuts, and pumice
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Old Fashioned, Daisy, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting nutty, fruity blend for sipping or creative cocktails.
The Producer

Great Lakes Distillery

The Producer
616 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
USA
1 414-431-8683
American Blended Whiskey
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Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
Blended American Whiskey is required to contain at least 20% straight whiskey; with the balance being unaged neutral spirit or, in a few cases, high-proof light whiskey. It has a general whiskey flavor profile (most closely resembling Bourbon), but lacks any defining taste characteristic.

Blended whiskies date from the early 19th century when the invention of the column still made possible the production of neutral spirits. Distillers would blend one or more straight whiskies (Bourbon and Rye) with these neutral spirits in varying proportions to create their own branded blend. The taste and quality of these whiskies, then as now, varies according to the ratio of straight whiskey to neutral grain spirit. Early blends were frequently flavored with everything from sherry to plug tobacco. Compared to straight whiskies they were relatively inexpensive and bland in character. Modern blends utilize dozens of different straight whiskies to insure a consistent flavor profile. Blended American whiskies had a great sales boost during and just after World War II when distillers promoted them as a way of stretching their limited supply of straight whiskey. This sales spike did not last, however. Blended whiskies were considered to be too bland by Bourbon and Rye drinkers, and consumers with a taste for lighter spirits soon migrated to Vodka and Gin. Blended whiskies have been leading the pack in declining sales over the past few decades.
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