Knob Creek, the famous nine year old super-premium bourbon made by Jim Beam and revered by bourbon enthusiasts worldwide, is now joined by Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve on the market and bourbon aficionados should rejoice. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is one of the best bourbons in America.
At 120 proof, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve bottled at almost cask strength. Some bourbon fans will find this high proof enjoyable, but most will want to add a few drops of cool water to fully release the flavors and aromas of this great bourbon. Without water, this bourbon packs a big, alcoholic punch, followed by hints of cinnamon, vanilla and caramel. With just a bit of water though, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve opens up, with spicy rye notes, warm oak, and an exotic honeyed brightness begins to emerge.
Body and Palate
I rarely recommend the addition of water or ice to whiskies, but Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve really begins to shine with just a bit of cool water to open it up. This is a whiskey that can handle some water added without losing its rich body and more flavors begin to emerge as it mixes with the water. On the palate, rich dark chocolate notes are dominant along with spicy rye and cinnamon flavors. There is a solid oak component and allspice, nutmeg and clove and undertones of warm vanilla bundt cake. The result is a delicious, sophisticated and utterly remarkable bourbon whiskey.
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve has a long, complex and utterly enjoyable finish. More dark chocolate flavors appear first, interspersed with rich hot cocoa and black walnut and fudge notes before cinnamon, apple pie spices before ending with a warm vanilla bundt cake tone that gently eases off of the palate.
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is one of the best bourbon whiskies on the market and a must try for fans of Knob Creek, Jim Beam or just bourbon whiskey in general. Enthusiasts will enjoy comparing the difference in both proof and single barrel versus batch bourbon between Knob Creek and Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve. Additionally, at a suggested $39.99 price point, this is one of the best whiskies on the market for the money, period.