The Ojibwe are among the largest tribes of Native Americans in the United States. Hundreds of years ago, they settled the areas of Wisconsin, Ontario, Michigan and other territories surrounding Lake Superior. At the time, the Ojibwe were well-known for smoking a blend of tobacco and other herbs and spices referred to as Kinnickinnic (pronounced "Kin-I-Kuh-Nik"), which means "what is mixed."
KinnicKinnic Whiskey is a blend of four-year old straight bourbon sourced from one of Kentucky's most prestigious distilleries, and a malt whiskey produced by Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After sourcing the Kentucky bourbon, Guy Rehorst (Great Lakes' founder) and Doug MacKenzie (Great Lakes' master distiller) experimented with a number of different types of mashbills, including corn and rye, before perfecting the recipe of KinnicKinnic Whiskey using a malt made from four barleys.
"We were very excited because the Kentucky straight bourbon was excellent in and of itself, but we were able to make it even better," Rehorst says. After mixing the bourbon and malt whiskey - no neutral grain spirit is used in the production of KinnicKinnic Whiskey - the whiskey is bottled at 86 proof without any filtration in order to ensure the flavors of the malt and bourbon are unvarnished.
KinnicKinnic Whiskey has a nose that is slightly hot and which contains hints of pears, cracked black pepper and dry, toasty oak. The initial heat from the whiskey gives way to flavors of nuts and buttery bread with an enlivening cinnamon spice. The finish has notes of cereal and barley, which accompany a spicy bite.
KinnicKinnic Whiskey earned the Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the 2012 Denver International Spirits Competition. "Customers have been asking us about a whiskey for years," says Rehorst. "We've finally developed a whiskey that compliments our distillation techniques with a great bourbon, and we're really proud of it." Pick up a bottle today and try it in a KinnicKinnic drink!
86 Proof (43% ABV)
Great Lakes Distillery
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Golden amber color. Initial flavors of barley, pears, black pepper and oak. Flavors open up to notes of buttery bread, biscuits, nuts and a kick of cinnamon. Finish has flavors of cereal, grains and barley with a slight edge.