Review #578. Knob Creek 25th Anniversary

Review #578 | /r/Bourbon Review #331 – Knob Creek 25th Anniversary

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, ironically, isn’t a specific store pick. This is Knob Creek’s expensive 25th anniversary product.

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 62.1%

Age: 13ish

Barreled: 5/13/2004

Source: r/scotchswap sample

Nose: Sweet caramel. Peanut brittle. Toffee, corn, brown sugar, molasses and mild acetone.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel with a big whallop of heat. Sugar, corn, peanut brittle. Tobacco, leather, pepper, some toffee and caramel.

Finish: Medium to long but definitely hot here. A bit hotter than I’d like. Peanut brittle, some nice oak, dry but not too bitter.

Overall: TO sum it up, this is pretty nice. The heat is a little unbridled, though, which surprises me for the proof. I like that the oak isn’t a runaway train, though, and that lets the nice caramel toffee meld very well.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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