Review #1088 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Rye, #6295 Master Distiller Fred Noe Selection

Review #1088 | Bourbon Review #554 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Rye, #6295 Master Distiller Fred Noe Selection

The Schtick: WhistlePig is a hybrid spirits operation in Vermont that has previously staked its claim on importing rye whiskey from Alberta to age and bottle in Vermont. In the past, I’ve bumped into some of their single barrel ryes and found them really enjoyable. In recent months, WhistlePig has made a switch to digging up some older MGP rye stock for their 10 year old single barrel barrel proof rye, as well. As a result, I have set out to try 25 WhistlePig single barrel ryes to get a lay of the land. They were arranged, poured and blinded by a generous fellow who loves rye as much (or very plausibly more so) than I do. There are one or two non-WhistlePig ryes in here, also, so the stakes are pretty high. All blind, all in. Welcome to the 2019 Ryenaissance.

Let’s dig in. 

This is Day 24 out of 26. At this point I have tasted all samples and taken their notes, and then gotten their reveals so that I could fill in the reveal portion at the bottom. Therefore, while you have the luxury of seeing what dram was what as we go along day by day, I was in the dark until day 26. All samples were tasted blind in a new staggered 2 pour setup, before completing the project. In case you missed the previous days, here they are:

Distiller: Beam (Kentucky, USA)

Bottler: Beam (Kentucky, USA)

Barrel: #9295

ABV: 57.5% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Big bold rye spice. Aggressive spice, clove, nutmeg. Some vanilla and honey. 

Taste: Medium mouth feel, a bit of heat. Younger, almost mustier. Wet grains. Cardboard. 

Finish: Short to medium in length. Not good. Musty wet carboard. Fresh bread, toffee, pepper, cloves. Wet grass. Bitter slow finish. 

Overall: I don’t know what this is but it’s not a 10yr WP cask. And if it is, it’s not a good one

Reveal: Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Rye, #6295 Master Distiller Fred Noe Selection. Yikes. Sorry Fred. I’ve notived there is a shocking amount of variability in these Rye Select single barrels so far, but I’m not super concerned with the brand overall. If you guys remember a couple years back, I was saying the same thing with a lot of Knob Creek Single Barrel bourbons. At that time, they were massive crap shoots. Then, over the next couple of years, Beam really honed in the product line. I fully expect them to do the same here, but for now, this one is not great at all. Looking forward to them looking up, though.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4



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