Review #579. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 4514 Italian Scallion 12yr

Review #579 | /r/Bourbon Review #332 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Italian Scallion Pick

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 a store pick done around the time of the Kentucky Derby. This bottle is named after a horse. It is 12 years old.

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 60% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Source: Bottle, Purchased

Barrel: #4514

Nose: Oak, leather, peanut butter. Toffee, lots of tobacco.

Taste: Thick and rich, some heat though. Toffee, pepper, tobacco and oaky. It is certainly oaky, but in a dry manner. It helps balance a lot of the big toffee notes without becoming too bitter which is an impressive line to walk.

Finish: Long, sweet and a bit hot. It’s not punishing, though. Caramel is really big here, as is clove and pepper.

Overall: This is a pretty impressive pick and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s a little on the dry side, but at 12 years, I wouldn’t consider it over oaked.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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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