Review #189. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Fine Wine and Spirits Pick

Whiskey Network Review #189 | /r/Bourbon Review #105: Knob Creek Reserve Single Barrel Fine Wine and Spirits Store Pick, 9 Yrs, 120pf

Nose: Hot, beam funky, maple. Peanut brittle, and caramel out the wazoo. Sweet and funky.

Taste: Hot and sweet. Loads of beam peanut brittle and a generous helping of molasses and clove. Some dusty, leathery balance but mostly hot and sweet. The funk seems a tad reigned in here, though, compared to the regular off the shelf reserve.

Finish: Long but hot. Rough but fades well – good balance of some pepper emerging and the consistent caramel sweetness of the dram.

Overall: This is definitely a step up from the regular off-the-shelf Single Barrel Reserve and the palate of the picker shows itself to be favorable. This seemed more balanced, less hot and showed a little more complexity in balancing that beam peanut brittle funk I pick up with the sweet and the pepper. For this, I’m giving this particular store pick a Rank 6 rating. This is certainly a cut above standard drams but I’m not so certain I’d be sold on multiple picks. Here at this Rank, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Fine Wines store pick sits with other high octane drams like Eagle Rare 10 and some younger SAOS Bourbon store picks.

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Rank: 6


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


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