Review #99. Great Lakes Distillery Kinnickinnic Cab Franc

Review #99 | /r/Bourbon Review #56 – Great Lakes Distillery Kinnickinnic Whiskey Cab Franc Finish

The Schtick: This is a Limited Edition release of GLD’s Kinnickinnic blended American whiskey that is finished in Cab Franc casks.


Distiller: Various

Bottler: Great Lakes Distillery

ABV: 45% ABV

Age: NAS

Maturation: Cab Franc Finish

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Ethanol, corn, there’s some nice wine sweetness followed by a malty sweetness. Some cinnamon, some spice and one more fruity kick.

Taste: It’s a bit thin but there’s lots of mild spice, vanilla and a malty wood note. The wine is gentle and well blended which I think is a good thing – it’s a young whiskey finished and it’s good to see the wine isn’t covering anything up. There’s a bit of red fruit and a little woody earthiness.

Finish: Short to medium, but a bit more complex than I expected. There’s solid bourbon notes like oak, cinnamon and some molasses melded gently with some wine notes. The finish here really goes well with the mouthfeel and salvages this dram, in my opinion.

Overall: KK is young whiskey and I was hesitant to try young whiskey with a funky finish. I wrote it off. Then, I was at a local bar that happened to have a bottle and after a couple beers, I had to give it a shot. I was in love. I think I might have also been a tad inebriated. But regardless, I sought out to find a bottle. While this doesn’t quite live up to my intoxicated opinion, it’s still really quite good. The wine finish does great things to the young whiskey without covering up the flavor profile. I think it’s an alright, if educational, bottle all in all.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

—-rage: 82.26 | This Review: +1.73

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