Knob Creek K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #7965B (Distilled 9/24/12, Warehouse W-P, Floor F-02, Rick R-025) Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $50)

SKU #1419168

The fabulous new single barrel offering from Knob Creek is truly in a class of its own, very different in character than the standard single barrel rye. We were extremely happy to see that they'd be bottling it near cask strength at 115 proof. It's hard to pinpoint exactly the various differences between Jim Beam's Rye offerings but presumably this is the same recipe as both the new Prohibition and the old school Overholt, although some reports have it listed at 55% rye, 35% corn, and 10% malt. Beam is very ginger about exactly what goes into these barrels. Perhaps they're using different distillation methods or warehouses, but it seems to all be the same mash bill. That said, this cask shows a very different character than those other stalwart brands. The whiskey also doesn't remind us of the regular Knob Creek either, which typically shows a nutty quality that doesn't exist at all in this whiskey. Instead this newest cask shows off a sexy sweetness on the nose like brown sugar, molasses, and cinnamon. It doubles down on the cinnamon on the palate. Zesty, zippy, and zinging. If you've ever tried to eat a tablespoon of cinnamon, you'll know the tingling sensation that comes with this whiskey. It's markedly softer than the 115 proof would suggest, with a little water it really shows a more complex side. The rich oils come out offering more citrus and ginger. It's shocking to find fruit under all that spice, but this is one of the best casks we've seen yet in KC's Rye program.

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
Dusty oak and earthy spice is the name of the game here. Cedar cut last week in grampa's basement workshop mingle with scents coming from upstairs where someone bakes a peach cobbler and a gooey cherry pie. The spice grows in strength though with a good amount of cinnamon and cardamom. The spice mingles with the alcohol heat, so there's no mistake that this is a cask strength rye. On first sip, menthol hits the tongue, but then the heat rises. Cinnamon ramps up again mixing with some herbal notes. The cherry comes back into play, and then toward the end this rye gets woody and tannic.

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