Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (Elixirs Selection) Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (Elixirs Selection)

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  • Distiller:

    Beam

  • Bottler:

    Beam

  • ABV:

    60%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is another great dram. The oak is definitely very real here, but not so much that it completely converts this to a bitter mess.
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  • Intro:

    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. These have all been tried fully blind so as to rank them on their merits, rather than their stats, alone.

  • Nose:

    Oak, caramel, toffee. There's caramel apple, almonds, amaretto notes and a nice blend of caramel.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouthfeel, oaky caramel, toffee and lots of pepper and vanilla.

  • Finish:

    Long and surprisingly tame - no heat. Sweet toffee with a good bit of oak. Then...whomp! Huge oak. Becomes tannic and drying. Surprisingly skirts being really grossly bitter, though.

  • Overall:

    This is another great dram. The oak is definitely very real here, but not so much that it completely converts this to a bitter mess. It is much more dry and bitter than All Hallows Eve, though, which explains the lower score.

  • Score:

    6

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