Michigan's Wonderland Distilling Releases Its Very First Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Michigan’s Wonderland Distilling Releases Its Very First Whiskey

Wonderland Distilling, located in Michigan, is a distillery said to make spirits that are “made from the desire for adventure to embody the passion to live a life untethered” in “an ode to the woods, water, fields & manufacturing history that makes Michigan great.” In part it looks to achieve this through using “Michigan ingredients” such as grains, fruits, botanicals and wood, combined with fresh Lake Michigan water, and it is in that spirit it has just launched its first product, a blend of straight whiskeys.

The new Wonderland Blend of Straight Whiskeys, according to those behind it, was “primarily from individually aged, Michigan-distilled rye and wheat whiskeys from partnering distilleries across the state, hand-blended with purpose to create a specific taste profile.” It is described as being blended in the Canadian style, “with each grain—corn, wheat and rye—distilled on its own. By distilling, barreling and aging them separately, then blending them after maturation.”

Wonderland Blend of Straight Whiskeys

Wonderland Blend of Straight Whiskeys (image via Wonderland Distilling)

“Michiganders know what they’re going to get when they wake up every morning – a beautiful place to live, surrounded by the greatness of our lakes, the specter of our seasons and an adventure so close they can taste it,” said Mark Gongalski, CEO of Wonderland Distilling Company, in a prepared statement. “Wonderland Blend of Straight Whiskeys is distilled for the adventurous soul, an ode to this place that formed us. We crafted our whiskey as a reflection of our connection to Michigan’s great outdoors.”

You’ll find some limited official tasting notes below for this whiskey, which should be available in Michigan starting this month. The distillery team noted as well that the bottles, “designed to celebrate Michigan’s abundant natural wonders … feature a picturesque woodland scene, while the neutral color palette invokes hues found in nature and brings to mind an outdoor lifestyle aesthetic.”

  • Nose – Dark caramel, brown sugar, brioche, raisins
  • Palate – Viscous, sweet, chewy candy
  • Finish –  Long, caramel, leaves some mint behind, rich, spice


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