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Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9 Year Old

Buttered Popcorn!

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

7th Jan 2014


Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9 Year Old
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As many folks who know me are aware of Knob Creek 9 year old is the whiskey that made me fall in love with both whisky and whiskey. It's the spirit that started me on my journey.

When it came into Australia I knew I needed to pick up a bottle, and I did, very happily. However the 9 year old single barrel, bottled at 60%, also came in, albeit in extremely limited quantities, I knew that I'd also have to pick up a bottle of this, especially given the fact that all of my American friends were telling me how much better it was then just the normal Knob Creek.

A very long day today, spent chatting whisky with newly made friends, and Knob Creek came up. I'd ended 2013 on the 9 year old and after the conversation today I knew I needed to crack open the single barrel.

So after a nice hot shower (who the hell takes a hot shower in Perth in the summer?! I mean seriously!?) I sat down to an episode of Justified, one of my favorite new TV shows, pulled up Facebook to do whisky related stuff, and cracked the bottle.

Into one of my trusty glencairns it goes, and I give the glass a look and a nose. It's oily, clinging to the glass with thick legs that slowly ooze down, and the nose hits me.

It's an aroma that I haven't smelled in forever, but brings back childhood memories. What the hell is that?!


Oh that's awesome, and following the buttered popcorn are ripe cherries, red vine licorice and then the buttered popcorn resurfaces.

Caramel, Ooodles of vanilla, heaps of cinnamon, rye, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple, the nose is Knob Creek on steroids. It starts off sweet, but as the whisky opens up in the glass the spices really start to shine.

Time for a taste though...let's see how the palate holds up.


First the buttered popcorn, caramel, charred oak, vanilla, red vine cherries, then heaps of rye and spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a hint of leather. Again the whisky starts off sweet then goes quite spicy, especially with rye.

For myself the 60% was extremely mellow, with no intense burn.

The finish is long, intense, sweet and spicy, and as it tapers off the cherries linger on and on.

My friends in the states had informed me that this was by far the better bottling of Knob Creek and I'm pleased to see that they were indeed correct. This is an excellent bourbon, one that I'd love to have on my shelf all the time.

Price point runs around $110 to $120 in bottleshops over here, but can be difficult to find as in this shipment into the country there were only 1200 bottles.

Now if you'll excuse me I do believe I need another bottle of this.

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MCM commented

Do you have a barrel/batch code?

Also, I've yet to have a sample of the single barrel that I could differentiate from the standard Knob 9.

10 years ago 0

paddockjudge commented

@SquidgyAsh - I know what you mean by buttered popcorn and caramel. I recently had a sample courtesy of @Jonesz - it blew me away! As good as this bourbon is, it brings tears to my eyes when you mention that a bottle is $100+ U.S./CAN.

10 years ago 0

systemdown commented

Wow, sounds delicious! I want to try something that can beat the Eagle Rare 10 which is my current most favourite Bourbon ever (thanks for the fresh sample, by the way)!

10 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

@MCM No batch or barrel code is listed on the bottle. However considering that I've got freshly arrived bottles of both the standard 9 year old and the 9 year old single barrel, cracked open within a week of one another, I can guarantee there is a huge world of difference between these bad boys! The standard is good, the single barrel is brilliant!

@Paddockjudge glad to hear someone else has also picked up on the buttered popcorn! It blew me away, so awesomely delicious! Yeah the $100+ price tag and extreme scarcity does make this whisky guy a sad panda.

@Systemdown it is incredibly delicious! I'll have to send you a sample of both of these bad boys and my newly favorite bourbon, Elijah Craig 20 year old single barrel! And definitely glad to send you the samples! :D

10 years ago 0

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