Review #596. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Cleveland Bourbon Club 12 Gazebo

Review #596 | /r/Bourbon Review #347 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, The Cleveland Bourbon Club #12 Gazebo

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: 12 Years, 3 Months, 16 Days

Barreled: 3/2/2005

Bottled: 6/18/2017

Original Proof: 140.8

Source: Sample

Additional Info: K-6 46(3)


Nose: Classic Beam funk, oak, graham cracker’s pepper. There’s also nice fruitiness, a good bit of strawberries and cream.

Taste: Medium length, some heat. Honey and graham cracker are prominent, with a good bit of corn and astringency. There’s a lot less oak here than #3 and it feels younger, but also more vibrant. Lots of nice honey character.

Finish: Medium length, peppery and hot. Sweet toffee and more waffle notes come in to balance.

Overall: This is a little hotter pick than I would like. It had a really unique nose, which was nice, but the astringency in the palate and the heat in the finish is kind of a downer here. That said, it still scores a 5 – I especially like that waffle character.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5

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Decoded:

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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