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Great Northern Distilling

Great Northern Distilling
Vanguard Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$38

Great Northern Distilling
Vanguard Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Aromas of conditioned suede, fruit pastry, and butter cookie with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, quick dark roasted nuts, vanilla yogurt, bbq woods, and slate finish. A grainy, spicy, earthy whisky for cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: conditioned suede, fruit pastry, and butter cookie
Taste Flavor: dark roasted nuts, vanilla yogurt, bbq woods, and slate
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Irish Coffee, Whiskey Daisy, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A grainy, spicy, earthy whisky for cocktails.

The Producer

Great Northern Distilling

The Producer
1740 Park Avenue
Plover, WI 54467
USA
1 715-544-6551

American Blended Whiskey

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian 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.