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Great Lakes Distillery Kinnickinnic Whiskey

Great Lakes Distillery
Kinnickinnic Whiskey

Category: American Blended Whiskey

Date Tasted: 2/8/2012
Country: USA
Alcohol: 43%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
Minutely hazy light amber color. Light grainy, husky aromas are suggestive of buttery nut brittle, brown spices and chocolate oatmeal cereal with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hint of mocha, mossy stone and pink pepper on the zesty finish. A nice choice for craft cocktails.
Tasting Info
SPIRITS Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: Light grainy, husky
Taste Flavor: hint of mocha, mossy stone and pink pepper on the zesty
Smoothness Smoothness: Silky
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice choice for craft cocktails.
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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Great Lakes Distillery

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616 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
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