Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is another premium offering from Jim Beam. It is aged a solid 9 years. First released in 2010, this whiskey was their promised pumped up version of their standard, and quite popular Straight Bourbon. At 120 proof it easily goes head to head with many whiskies touting the title of “barrel proof”, though this one does not.
So does the whiskey live up to its marketing and claims? Let’s have a pour and see!
To find out more about this whiskey as well as their other offerings, please visit their website: www.knobcreek.com.
AGE: 9 years
SERVED: Neat / Glencairn Glass
COLOR: Deep Amber and Rich Auburn
Thickly coats the glass and forms consistent long medium legs.
NOSE: Sweet and spicy. Vanilla, spices, oak, cinnamon, ripe cherries and over ripe red fruits, maple, brown sugar, and a hint of leather mixed with not unpleasant alcohol.
PALATE: Creamy on the tongue. Vanilla and burned caramel sweet, brown sugar, spices, cloves, pinch of cinnamon and mint, barley, and a bit of oak.
FINISH: Good heat, but not overpowering. Long finish with the oak fading to the sweeter notes found in the palate. A soft sweet leather (if you can imagine that) seems to carry on and on, slowly fading away.
OVERVIEW: This is a wonderful pour. And for its price it is definitely something a bourbon drinker should not pass up. Its 120 Proof might make one think it would be a bit of a harsh pour, but I did not find that to be the case. The heat was very pleasant and yet not too gentlemanly as to make you forget you are having a whiskey with backbone. I find myself nosing this bourbon over and over, adding to the overall experience and enjoyment. From nose, to taste, to finish, this certainly is a pour to be proud of and demonstrates quality bourbon. Buy it? Absolutely. And invite me for a pour or two! A well earned tip of the hat to the folks at Beam. Cheers!