Big67red says on April 14, 2020
Darker color than most. Good balance.
|Whisky||Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 09 Year Old|
|Age||9 years old|
Darker color than most. Good balance.
It has some brown sugar and baking spice. A little bit of a sweet peppery maple finish.
Maple, burnt sugar, caramel, sweet, smooth and thick, oily
Heavy notes of cherries, maple and burnt sugar on opening. After sitting it brings out wood chips and rubbing alcohol. Fairly bitter and heavy alcohol notes on the taste considering its high abv. Adding cold water tempers the alcohol and makes it enjoyable bringing out dark chocolate and maple. The back end is where the sweetness comes through and if water is added vanilla stands out. I definitely needed plenty of cold water to enjoy.
Cherries, maple, wood chips, burnt sugar, oak, rubbing alcohol
Maple sap, bitter wood, dark cooking chocolate, roasted nuts
burnt wood; water brings out more dark chocolate and vanilla
Classic bourbon, priced right and available at most stores to make it an everyday sipper
Alcohol, cinnamon, oaky tannin bitterness
Jim beam nuttiness with cherry and high proof
Knob Creek is an entry level offering in Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is hot, intoxicating and with not much of a detectable flavour profile. Water does tame the beast, however it washes out any subtleties as well. While not a "bad" bourbon, KC SiBR left me wondering ... Does this nine year single barrel offering really have family ties to the likes of Bookers?
Distiller: Jim Beam
Age: 9 years
ABV: 90 (120 Proof)
Mashbill: 77% Corn, 13% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Cask: New charred oak
Note: This bottle had no label markings distinguishing from which barrel it was drawn.
FOR THE REVIEW:
I drank it neat, from a Glencairn glass. In later tastings I added several drops of distilled water hoping to coax out its flavours, however other than taming the heat, no change in the initial profile was noted.
For my tastes, my rating of this bourbon puts it between Wild Turkey 101, Knob Creek Small Batch and Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
On the nose, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (KC SiBR) is dry and alcohol forward with plenty of intense ethanol heat. A subtle simple syrup sweetness is there, but it is hard to coax from the dram with normal nosing.
The first and subsequent sips of KC SiBR are strong with plenty of throat burn. It is harsh, firey and hot. Its dry flavours of dusty corn and figs can be sensed after a swallow and then only deep in the throat. Its spices of clove, white pepper and rye overpower burnt sugar and toffee sweetness and barely give way to any barrel flavor.
Balance, Body, Look and Feel:
KC SiBR is so well blended very few individual flavours present, which I found disapointing; I look forward to nuances when enjoying fine bourbon. KC SiBR is thin and watery, displaying medium legs in the Glencairn.
KC SiBR's medium long finish leaves one with a deep throat and chest warming sensation. When the liquid is gone, a faint light oakiness aftertaste remains.
One of my favorites. Complex sweet
Lots of heat and not too much else. ice and water kills any notes
Not much going on here. More heat than anything else. Water kills it. Best buy for me is Elijah Craig.
Burn, brown sugar, some caramel notes. Maybe some honey.
Mostly burn but not overpowering, the tastes are toned down too much. Nose doesn't continue to the palate.
Sweetness fades and burn lingers.
Knob Creek turned up to 11. Dusty vanilla and caramel toned down by bitter barrel. Needs a rest in the glass to get into it. Will have to explore it deeper to capture all it has to offer.
I am a bit disappointed in my first pour from this bottle. I am a big Knob Creek fan but this seems a lesser drink than the regular small batch. A splash of water seems to do very little. I have high expectations of higher proof single barrel offerings to bring assertive flavors and bright textures. This misses the mark. I am hopeful that this is from a weak barrel or maybe it just needs some time to air out a bit. I will give it another go in a few weeks.
Store pick, barrel #5206: I've heard this described as the little brother of Booker's... and I can totally see it. It's not quite as complex but at half the price, I can deal. This is real good stuff.
Burnt caramel, fresh cut wood, cinnamon, rich sweetness
Charred oak, caramel, hot, bold, tangy?, vanilla spiced apples, rich medium mouth feel
Wood char, sweet ash
Very sweet, peach gummy candies is the predominant flavor
strong bourbon with an oaky and slightly honey like taste.
Good but there are better $50 bottles out there
Good value. Oaky, honey, dark chocolate, spicy, cherry, and leather.
Maple syrup, molasses, dusty charcoal, smooth entry, then prickly tannic bite, leads to a flavorful but dry woody finish. Hard core with very little sweet in this one. NJ Wine Merchants Group Barrel # 4596
Great nose and pairs with a meal like a champ. Take this one neat. Buckle in for everything you love about whisky.
to me I get some maybe toasted almond, dark chocolate, leather, some spice, a small Ky hug, and a sweet nutty aftertaste
I know I can always get Maker's or Knob at any bar or restaurant so it's one of my most common drinks. This is a perfect example of the vanilla, oak and caramel a bourbon should have. this one being at 120 proof is spicier than the entry level Knob but still enjoyable.
Great aromatic caramel leads the way for a good sipper with a punch. Slow burn in the finish.
Amazing nose of oak and vanilla. At first taste toasted nut and caramel followed by more caramel and vanilla and oak. Amazing finish with a nice smooth burn. If you get the right bottle this whiskey can be amazing for the price. The bottle I have currently I enjoy more than Blanton's or Booker's... If you see this and enjoy bourbon, get it. PS buy the bottle that looks the darkest ;)
Nose: Good transition from sweet to savory. Starts with stewed apples and vanilla, transitions so country ham, biscuits and tobacco.
Palate: First impressions are like licking a fresh oak plank that has been covered in butter and toasted. Oak and butter moves to red fruits. Apples and raspberries.
Finish: Long with oak and apples.
Sweet, vanilla, smooth. I consider it the best Beam product overall
Good drop. Vanilla caramel sweet tea. Packs a punch but easy sipping
aroma strong vanilla with hint of Carmel
finish is strong and long
warm caramel start with smooth burn to finish. would buy again
incredibly smooth and aromatic. perfect
Impressively Smooth for 120 proof. Well worth the not expensive price.
Subtle, with a good barrel smell.
Has a rich Carmel taste.
Lightly harsh, but not what you would expect for 120 proof.
usual go-to at the bar. strong aroma vanilla, carmel, oak, sharp whiskey taste
Got this as a store pick from Liquor Barn during my last trip to Kentucky. This is a very easy drinker for a barrel proof. The nose is full of the usual bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla. On the palate I pick up on cherry cola, caramel and more vanilla. The finish is long with oak and baking spices. Will definitely buy this again.
Vanilla and caramel. Very thick feeling with a mild burn. Best with 2 cubes.
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