Review #622. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve The Fridge Selection

Review #622 | /r/Bourbon Review #363 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve The Fridge 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.

This is a sample from /u/playingwithfire, enjoyed live in the Discord server.

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 60% ABV

Age: 9 Years (Default Base Label Age Statement)

Source: Sample

Nose: Sweet toffee. Peanut brittle. Rich caramel, cocoa and butterscotch.

Taste: Thick and rich with no heat. Melon and fruity sweets are here also. Caramel, vanilla and butterscotch are pretty present as well with a distinct lack of big Beam peanut notes.

Finish: Long, mild heat with a good deal of oaky pepper.

Overall: Another great pick. Finish was a little peppery to climb higher but I’d drink through a bottle of this without grumbling whatsoever.

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**Rank: **

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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