Dave Phinney, creator of Orin Swift, D66 and Locations wines, is now a Whiskey Producer. Opening a Distillery on Mare Island in Vallejo, CA , Savage & Cooke is a brand bringing Wine elegance to the Whiskey World.
The work of Dave Phinney should be familiar to our domestic wine customers, his brand Orin Swift has been in the store for years. Dave also has a line a French wines and contracts around the world to help him with his Location series of wines. But it is his newest project that has our interest here at The Wine Country, a line of Whiskies under the name Savage & Cooke. Located on Mare Island in Northern California, the Savage & Cooke Distillery has been built where once stood a Naval Shipyard.
One would expect a much calmer Whiskey when comparing the Second Glance to the Burning Chair by just looking at the Mash Bill: 95% Corn, 4% Rye and 1% Malted Barley. And then you add the fact that this Whiskey is aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and for at least 1 more year than the Burning Chair, there is no surprise of the coating richness this spirit has. Along with the welcoming coating sensation flavors of toffee and dark cherries pop on the palate. The use of ex-Bourbon barrels gives the Whiskey great spice that balances out the richness of the toffee and dark cherries to balance out the libation wonderfully. This is the kind of Whiskey you can give to a beginner or a connoisseur and both would be happy with the offering.