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Knob Creek Releases First Single Barrel Bourbon

Submitted by Tim on February 16, 2011 – 3:04 pmNo Comment

Knob Creek distillers announced today their first-ever single barrel bourbon, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve.  This selected bourbon is aged for 9 years in new charred American oak barrels and then selected, barrel by barrel, where it is then bottled at near barrel strength, coming in at a full 120 proof.  This process, similar in some respects to single malt scotch, allows for some variation in flavor and color from batch to batch making the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve something of a real discovery.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Knob Creek Releases First Single Barrel Bourbon

“We pay close attention to the barrels we select for Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve as we want to ensure that we’re bottling an extraordinary bourbon with a complex balance of aroma and taste,” said Fred Noe, seventh-generation Beam family distiller on the companies press release. “I recommend enjoying this new bourbon neat, on the rocks or cut with a bit of water in order to best appreciate its depth and fullness of flavor.  I recommend enjoying this new bourbon neat, on the rocks or cut with a bit of water in order to best appreciate its depth and fullness of flavor”

Initial reaction from bourbon experts to the new expression has been extremely positive. John Hansell, Publisher and Editor of Malt Advocate, wrote:

“This is a stylish, big, broad-shouldered bourbon with a thick, sweet foundation… peppered with spice… and dried fruit.”

According to the company website, the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is available in limited quantities, although they don’t quantify what they mean by limited.  A quick check with online retailers shows nearly all don’t have it listed in inventory yet, though calls to some of my local supplies say they just received their initial stocks just a day or two ago.  It appears to be selling for the suggested price of $39.99USD for a 750ml bottle pretty much everywhere.

We will post a review once we get our paws on one.

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