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Great Lakes Distillery

Great Lakes Distillery
Kinnickinnic Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39.00

Great Lakes Distillery
Kinnickinnic Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43%
Minutely hazy gold color. Grainy, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin bran cereal in milk, nut brittle, and apricot cookie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long rye flour in a burlap sack, pepper, and grassy leafy earth finish. A zesty, grainy whiskey for cocktails.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: raisin bran cereal in milk, nut brittle, and apricot cookie
Taste Flavor: rye flour in a burlap sack, pepper, and grassy leafy earth
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Vieux Carré, Maple Bourbon Cider, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zesty, grainy whiskey for 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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