Savage & Cooke "Second Glance" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength American Whiskey SKU #1386045

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Tasting Notes

The legendary Dave Phinney delivers again. The man behind The Prisoner and Orin Swift wines has stepped into the whiskey game in a big way. He is building an extraordinary distillery on Mare Island, just west of Vallejo in an old U.S. Naval Yard that that was responsible, among other things, for building submarines and loading ships during WWII. Both of the distillery's whiskies are finished in Dave's wine barrels from his Napa Valley winery and have received great acclaim. We traveled to Mare Island to meet up with the Master Distiller and Blender, Jordan Via, to put together a bespoke barrel of whiskey for K&L. The result is Savage and Cooke's first ever cask strength release and it's a doozy. While the OB's from the distillery are both currently finished in Dave's Cabernet barrels, they do have whiskey resting in other wine casks. There was no way we were going to pass up the opportunity to showcase what a whiskey can do with barrels from the world's most famous Zinfandel producer! The Zinfandel finish showed most prominently in the Second Glance whiskey so we started there. While the 100% Zin was excellent, it needed just a touch of something else. The dark fruit and spice of the Zinfandel played perfectly with the floral and jammy flavors and lifted nature of the Grenache. Ultimately we settled on an 80% Zin, 20% Grenache blend and it's perfect. Grab this piece of history before it's gone. 95% Corn, 4% Rye, 1% Malted Barley.

Staff Reviews

  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    ‚ÄčThe nose on this whiskey is absolutely intoxicating, rich, sweet elements from the Zinfandel, light fruity and aromatic notes from the Grenache, and a zesty, vibrant core to keep things bright and in harmony. On the palate-- the first bundle of flavor lands with a shot of smokiness and a viscous texture, that then bursts open with sweet cream accents and a silky finish. This is high energy stuff, lively and fun. This is however a cask-strength expression, so a dash of water greatly aides the accessibility.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Now here's something really special in the whisky world! What a great combination of cask and whisky here - The Zin barrels really add a zesty spice to a rich corn based spirit. Full and round and with a nice sweet touch without ever being cloying - a touch of water really brings out a rich note of malt on the nose. The color seems quite intense likely influenced a lot by the wine barrels.
    Top Value!
  • Miles Philippe
    By: Miles Philippe
    K&L Staff Member
    I love how familiar this can come across, and yet at the same time express itself so uniquely! What I mean by that is the mostly corn base of the whiskey shows itself so nicely and freely here; round, lush, and slightly sweet. But then this becomes something so much more because of the ex-wine barrels. The color is a beautiful deep bronze with flashes of red from the wine. And the finish has a nice zing to it; a touch of dried fruit, a hint of fresh fruit, and some slight medicinal herb notes.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Dave Phinney's whiskies are currently made in Kentucky, but really come to life once they reach his new distillery on Mare Island and are married with the best California has to offer. The man behind the Prisoner and Orin Swift wines knows a thing or two about wine barrels. This whiskey rested in a blend of 80% Zinfandel and 20% Grenache barrels from Dave's Napa winery. Bottled at cask strength, it carries those flavors with remarkable clarity. The underlying heavily corn mash bill has tons of sweetness and rich buttery popcorn flavors and lifts the intense dark fruits and pepper spice of the Zinfandel to the top of the glass. This is balanced by the lighter floral tones and bright jammy flavors of the Grenache. The end result is nearly a Manhattan in itself. Just pour it on the rocks, toss in a cherry and have yourself a great cocktail without the extra sweetness of vermouth. On the palate, the bread spices really stand out and contribute to a long and intense finish. Add a little water and more chocolate and caramel flavors come to the front. Anyway you serve it, this is an extremely versatile whiskey.


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