Review #602 | /r/Bourbon Review #353 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Lincoln Road “Lucky 7” 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: 10 Years, 11 Months
Nose: Caramel, toffee, clove. Little muted, but really prominent with the toffee.
Taste: Medium length, no heat. Cocoa, caramel and waffles are all here. Some peanut brittle. Faint oaky bitterness, but it’s very faint.
Finish: Long and sweet. The toffee here is really nice and the balance is very good also.
Overall: This was nice, but that little bit of bitterness on the palate is keeping it from reaching higher.
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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