Review #584 | /r/Bourbon Review #335 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Farragut Wine and Spirits Selection
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.
ABV: 60% ABV
Age: 9 Years (Default Label Age Statement)
Additional Info: Barrel #3634
Nose: Sweet, stiky toffee. Peanut brittle. Really rich caramel and cream. Back to that nice, sweet, creamy focus.
Taste: Thick and rich with little to no heat. Caramel is really prominent here with a good bit of toffee, orange peel and some sweet wine notes. Almost sweet and nutty like a good PX sherry finish.
Finish: Long and no heat again. Sweet caramel with a good developing oak presence.
Overall: A really nice pick here – an off profile palate for sure but in a good way. Delicious.
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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