Review #594. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 07F20 Cleveland Bourbon Club

Review #594 | /r/Bourbon Review #345 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Cleveland Bourbon Club Lot 07F20

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 pick from the Cleveland Bourbon Club. Digging all that extra delicious information on the label, folks. This sample was sent to me by greatgoo and all 6 that I am about to review from him were sent blind to me. I reviewed them, sent him my notes, and he sent me the photos being used as the header to get me their info. I’m not posting them as part of the rodeo. Thanks, goo!

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 60% ABV

Age: 9 Years, 6 Months, 3 Days

Source: Sample (Mystery)

Lot: 04A15

House/Floor: | Rick/Tier J8-13(2)

Barreled: 6/20/2007

Bottled: 9/26/2016

Original Proof: 131.4

Nose: Allspice, clove, tobacco and caramel. Lots of confectioners sugar, butterscotch and rich, floral honey.

Taste: Thick and rich, super sweet, with no real heat. Impressive for the proof. Sweet honey, rich tobacco and oak, with rich caramel. Not bitter, not hot, not astringent. Check, check, check.

Finish: Long and rich, a nice toffee bomb with good, complex, underlying spice.

Overall: Giddy up. This was a great dram with a lot of complexity. My little notebook says “hell yes” in the margins.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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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