Age: 12.5 years old
Barrel #: 3395
Barrel Selection: Cork ‘n Bottle
Tasted: In a glencairn glass w/ a splash of water
This bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel was selected by Ed Bley at Cork ‘n Bottle. The great thing about Knob Creek selections are that they provide a TON of information about the barrel. This might be too much information for most, but I find it cool to know so much about the barrel I’m are drinking from.
This barrel was filled and entered into rick house “X” on January 15, 2004. Straight from the barrel is was 132.5 proof, although all single barrel selections are required to be proofed down to 120 when bottled.
The barrel came from the 5th floor of the 7-floor rick house which is considered upper-middle storage. Rick house “X” was built in 1952 and has a storage capacity of 20,400 barrels. That’s a lot of booze!
Lastly, this barrel comes from the 2nd rick, and the 2nd tier of the rick house. Rick house “X” has 50 ricks per floor and each rick consists of three tiers. Each tier can hold 20 barrels.
Nose: Rich brown sugar. Old oak. Baking spice. Cinnamon. Maple syrup. Leather.
Palate: Peanut. I always love this note when it appears on the palate. Brown sugar. Maple syrup. Old oak. Clove. Black pepper. Medium mouth feel. Doesn’t drinker like 120 proof.
Finish: Medium to long. Cinnamon. Caramel. Old oak. Leather.
Grade: 87 – 89 (B+) = Great, Always Want To Have A Bottle
This bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve from Cork ‘n Bottle is an especially tasty offering. I previously reviewed another private selection of Knob Creek that recieved a “B-“, and almost stopped me from purchasing this particular bottle. Obviously, based on my review, I’m glad I made the purchase. However, it just reinforces how much single barrels can vary. Even with the same mashbill and rick house.
I was actually close to giving this an “A-“. It hits a lot of the flavor profiles I want to see in a bourbon. Sweetness and old oak. Bonus points for the peanut on the palate! I like to pour this bottle for friends that are just starting to get into bourbon. All the flavors are amped up from what they might have tasted previously, but still somewhat mellow for a 120 proof offering.
Rumor has it that Cork ‘n Bottle will soon be receiving another Knob Creek barrel from the same “X” rick house and floor as this bottle, but at 15 years old. It will be interesting to see if the additional 2.5 years makes the new bottling even better. Cheers!
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