Review #599 | /r/Bourbon Review #350 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, #4269 Discount Liquor 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 a pick from a local store here in Wisconsin.
ABV: 60% ABV
Age: 9 Years (Default Base Label Age Statement)
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Additional Info: Barrel #4269
Nose: Sweet honey, toffee. Faint fruitiness. Waffles. Overall, it’s sweet and syrupy, with some fruitiness as well.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, sweet toffee, caramel and cinnamon. Nice pepper character, waffle character persists. It is hot, though, and there is some growing astringency.
Finish: Medium length, a little heat, but not as much as the palate. Toffee and waffle cone notes.
Overall: Overall, this was enjoyable but a little hot. I really enjoyed the waffle cone character, the pepper and fruitiness, and the mouthfeel, but the heat really is what is keeping it from reaching higher here. Bummer, but still a good value pour at the end of the day.
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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