American Whiskey - Blended

Great Lakes Distillery Kinnickinnic American Whiskey

From: Wisconsin, United States Liquor Review Category: Blended American Whiskey

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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2012

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2012

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Proof66 Notes

Kinnickinnic American Whiskey is a product of the Great Lakes Distillery up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The whiskey begins as a bourbon brought in from Kentucky (purchased by way of Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, we're told).  It is then blended on site with unaged malt and rye whiskeys produced at Great Lakes Distillery. It is unfiltered for what they say ensures "maximum flavor" and usually implies a thicker, more viscous mouth-feel. They suggest looking for dry flavors of big rye with a wood finish. The name comes from the Ojibwe Indian language they define as "a blend or mix of tobacco and other plants." From their website, they offer a history of the word at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

 

About the Producer:

Great Lakes Distillery was founded by Guy Rehorst who left his high-tech manufacturing company to return craft-distilling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They take pride in their local ownership and "mom and pop" status using "old world" methods. Here at Proof66 we had a chance to personally tour the distillery, which can be read in detail in our article Microdistillery Profile: Great Lakes Distillery.

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