Review #169 Kinnard & Drake Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery: Boone County Jail Distillery
Age: 5 year
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)
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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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