Review #589. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 4695 McScrooges

Review #589 | /r/Bourbon Review #340 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, McScrooge’s 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 another barrel from McScrooge’s – carrying the default 9yr age statement and the barrel number #4695.

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 60% ABV

Age: 9 Years (Default KC SiB Age Statement)

Source: Sample

Additional Info: Barrel #4695

Nose: Undeniable Beam funk. Peanut brittle, toffee, caramel and pepper. Lots of honey and peanut butter notes.

Taste: Medium body, no heat. Rich oak, some pepper, honey and toffee are very prominent. Some strawberries and cream.

Finish: Long but some growing heat is present here. Lots of oak here along with the toffee. Not bitter or astringent oak, just the right amount.

Overall: This was a nice pick and demonstrated some very good balance. Little too much heat on the finish keeps this from a Rank 7 but it was certainly very enjoyable.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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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

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