Review #598. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 5400 Mabels BBQ

Review #598 | /r/Bourbon Review #349 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, #5400 Mabel’s BBQ

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.

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 60% ABV

Age: 9 Years (Default Base Age Statement from Label)

Source: Sample

Nose: Toffee, caramel, melon. Lots of nice peanut brittle notes with some faint tobacco and a nice oak presence.

Taste: Medium to long, oaky tobacco. There’s really nice fruitiness here, almost like the passion fruit + tropical notes I get in Buffalo Trace’s mashbill #1. There’s also some rich vanilla and buttercream.

Finish: Long and mild, lots of vanilla, cream, toffee and confectioners sugar. There’s some tobacco and oak, but it’s not overbearing. The tropical notes remind me of pineapple upside down cake, weird, but delicious.

Overall: This pick brings us back home. This was weird, but I really loved it. Super unique, but in a good way. Especially the faint oak + spice profile without the bitter astringency. Thanks for the samples, and the mystery fun, Mr Goo!

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


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