The Schtick: This is a single barrel release of Knox Whiskey Works 5 year old spirit, distilled using a 70/30 corn:rye mash bill. It is bottled at cask strength and sourced from an undisclosed source. There is very little information out there regarding their contract producer / sourcer, and the mash bill further kicks up the intrigue factor.
This is Day #14 in the Craft Whiskey Crackdown. Here is the terrain covered thus far:
- Day 1, Big House Bourbon
- Day 2, Kings County Bourbon
- Day 3, Johnny Drum Private Stock
- Day 4, John J. Bowman Single Barrel
- Day 5, Rye Royal 20yr
- Day 6, Big Bottom Bourbon
- Day 7, Copper Pony Rye, 6mo
- Day 8, Hayes Parker Bourbon, 6mo
- Day 9, Winchester Rye, 6mo
- Day 10, Winchester Straight Bourbon, 2yr
- Day 11, Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon
- Day 12, Willett Pot Still
- Day 13, Hooker’s House Sonoma Style High Rye Pinot Noir Finished Bourbon
Distiller: Undisclosed Distiller
Bottler: Knox Whiskey Works (Tennessee)
ABV: 60.56% ABV
Age: 5 Years
Barrel: Barrel 11, Bottle #68
Nose: Apples, clove, caramel, tobacco, musty, pepper. Pretty familiar, not super complicated, but also not super off-putting.
Taste: Thin, sweet banana, apples, pears. Sawdust, very hot. Oaky, faint pepper, astringent.
Finish: Short, hot, musty. Wet cardboard, pepper, searing heat. Astringent.
Overall: Not good, and not particularly well sourced. Very hot, even for the proof, with a strong presence of youth and under maturation.
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