Review #600. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 3488 McScrooges Selection

Review #600 | /r/Bourbon Review #351 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, McScrooge’s Selection #3488

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

Source: Sample


Nose: Super sweet, loaded with caramel, toffee and spices. There’s lots of floral character, almost a bit of clover. Lots of ethanol on the schnozz.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, lots of heat. There’s tons of sweet toffee but it’s completely offset by lots of bitter pepper.

Finish: Short, hot and bitter.

Overall: Schwiiiing. I did not like this as much as I’ve liked many others. If the nose wasn’t so interesting, this may have dug lower, which is disappointing. In the grand scheme of things, though, this is probably the worst of the series, and I”m ok with that.

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Rank: 4

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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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