Review #601 | /r/Bourbon Review #352 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Seneca Wine and Liquor Selection
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.
ABV: 60% ABV
Age: 9 Years (Base Label Age Statement)
Nose: Rich toffee, cocoa, fudge and cake icing. Peanut brittle. It’s sticky and rich, like sticking your face in the donut rack at the local supermarket.
Taste: Thick and rich, lots of toffee and caramel. Faint oak and pepper, with a nice balanced clove presence. Confectioners sugar throughout.
Finish: Long and sweet, mild toffee carries for a long while.
Overall: Doesn’t need to be old to be good. Nice bottle, here.
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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