Review #573 | /r/Bourbon Review #324 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Binny’s Chicago 3671b
The Schtick: Knob Creek Single Barrels have long been a product easily available at most stores. In the last several years, picking private barrels of various ages has become more commonplace. Picks between 9 and 16 years of age have been popping up with great regularity and I’ve taken it upon myself to try a variety and see how they fare. Some time ago, Knob Creek exhibited what may have been the largest barrel variation commonly agreed on in the bourbon community with some barrels ranging from wretched to godly. It has been my feeling that, as of late, the overall quality of these barrels being picked has risen, adding a slightly higher floor than existed before.
This is one of Binny’s many individual picks from Beam. It is 9 years years and 7 months old (and 15 days)
ABV: 60A% ABV
Age: 9 Years, 7 Months, 15 days
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Additional Info: Warehouse D, Rick 7, Tier 20-3, Barreled on 1/10/2007 and Bottled on 8/25/2016
Nose: Rich maple, clove, honey. Lots of butter cream and some faint melon.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, no real heat. Sweet, with lots of graham cracker, molasses, brown sugar and more faint melon. Reminds me lot of waffles on a Saturday morning.
Finish: Medium length, sweet, really no heat at all. Nice and peppery to compliment the maple on the palate.
Overall: This pick was good, but not mind blowing. Certainly not bad, but also not super exciting. Simply a quality, high proof bourbon.
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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