Review #​169 Kinnard & Drake Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Boone County Jail Distillery

Proof: 92

Age: 5 year

Mashbill: N/A


BACKGROUND: Kinnard & Drake comes from a family owned distillery that is housed in a repurposed Jail in Boone County, Indiana. The Boone County Jail opened in 1833 and operated in the original location until 1877, when they decided to move locations. The Name Kinnard & Drake come from Colonel Kinnard & General Drake, who were explorers, scholars, veterans, and politicians that founded Boone County, Indiana. The whiskey itself is made from a blend of MGP 5 year high rye whiskeys.


NOSE: Kinnard & Drake had quite the unique nose, loaded with scents of orange rinds, strong spearmint, and nutmeg followed by more traditional flavors of caramel, oak, and vanilla. (20/25)


PALATE: The hye rye mashbill shows its colors in the palate bursting with flavors of corn, and oak spice. As the corn fades, cinnamon, vanilla, molasses, and charred oak coat the insides of your mouth giving a very dry feel. 29/40


FINISH: The finish takes a nice turn, bringing back the sweeter notes of dried fruits, caramel, cherry, and an oaky vanilla, with a corn spice undertown that lingers in your chest for a bit.(21/25)


VALUE: For $35 this is a great bottle due to its uniqueness in flavor, it isn’t often that you’d find spearmint and orange in the same palate as cinnamon and charred oak. (7/10)


Overall: 77/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: Kinnard & Drake is a wonderfully unique bootle that I will use for cocktails, with a sweet palate & a non-overpowering finish, this can definitely be used to make some killer drinks.


Slightly Better Whiskey: Bulleit Bourbon

Equal Whiskey: Tommy Bahama Rye

Slightly Worse Whiskey: 1792 Small Batch


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Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away




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