Review #585 | /r/Bourbon Review #336 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Liquor Barn “Boston’s Secret” 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.
This is a named batch from one of Kentucky’s popular retailers. It does not feature an additional age statement or barrel number, though.
Photos are growing increasingly difficult to find for picks that aren’t mine. So, I’m taking the first hit on google imghp for ‘boston secret’
ABV: 60% ABV
Age: 9 Years (Default Label Age Statement)
Nose: Ethanol, fresh fruit, orange peel, oddly floral. Creamy buttercream, toffee.
Taste: Sweet toffee, oak and pepper and allspice. Really bitter note and some astringent plastic. There’s some heat in here also, but it’s very herbal and bitter.
Finish: Long, hot and peppery.
Overall: Swing and a miss. This was weirdly herbal and definitely hot. Too hot, too bitter for me. Better luck on the next one, I hope!
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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