American Whiskey - Bourbon

Knob Creek 9yr Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2011
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  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2011
  • 2014

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Proof66 Notes

Knob Creek 9yr Single Barrel Reserve bourbon is a new release with a different flavor profile and much higher proof than the classic Knob Creek expression. It was first launched in 2011, barrels of bourbon are hand-selected by Master Distiller Fred Noe for bottling. They claim it has an unusual, rich, and mature flavor.

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This bottle has 15 ratings and 14 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-10-12)
Wow, what a bourbon! Spicy cinnamon and fresh mint on the nose with thick maple syrup, dark fruits, and barbecue smoke on the palate. Nice long, pleasant finish. Even at 120 proof, you can sip this without water but a splash helps pull the flavors out better. IMHO, well worth the extra $$$ to upgrade from the Small Batch!
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quantumboy7 quantumboy7 (47)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-06-14)
Easily one of my top 10, perhaps even in my top five. I like the high octane stuff, and Knob's rivals in my cabinet are Bookers and Stagg Jr, both of which I like very much. But compared to those two, this one is just busting out with flavor. Big complexity like a fine wine. There is a very unique thing going on here, with a depth of flavor that just knocks it out of the park. Crazy oak presence, but not overly sweet vanilla-laced oak. This is spicy yet smooth, sweet yet with a slight bitter edge, warm on the tongue but smooooooth. I drink it neat and enjoy every drop! For the price, this nectar is one of the very best things happening in the world of bourbon.
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Cranecreek Cranecreek (158)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-01-07)
Big Bold Bourbon !! The nose is wonderful with mincemeat pie and sweet tobacco and saddle leather. Even a hint of forest pine. Nice wood and cocoa. All of the nose carries over into the taste which I find to be a mark of the best Bourbons. All the tastes are delivered in complex layers that stimulate the senses. Additional fleeting tastes of coffee, pumpkin and dark fruit make this very enjoyable. Proper sweetness. This Bourbon can stand with products that are 3X the price. And even though this is 60% alcohol it sips nicely neat and for me just that one ice cube and the alcohol content becomes just right. Jim Beam can knock it out of the park when they put their best efforts out.
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lpy89 lpy89 (201)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-10-15)
I hate Knob Creek regular...... but single barrel version is gotta be one of the best high-proof spirits i've ever had. Extremely smooth for 120 proof with full of characters including corn, caramel, honey, oak with hints of fruits. On the mouth you get same flavors with some sweetness and more oak and "burnt" character coming through. Despite the barrel strength, i could savor this neat unlike bookers, which must be tempered with splash of water. Truly a triumph of American distillation.
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Whisky&Rebellion Whisky&Rebellion (7)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-07-18)
Maybe not definitively the best bourbon at the price point, but its not getting beat out by any other bottle. Perfect balance of oak, sweet corn, and a robust spiciness provided by supporting rye and a healthy ABV. Perfectly fine neat, but opens up beautifully with an ice cube or spring water. Lots of character to this one, definitely a personal all-time favorite.
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jmf02f jmf02f (15)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-11-30)
It took be a few glasses to warm up to this bourbon, but warm up to it i did. I love this bourban. It has a sweetness on the tip of the tongue; caramel, earthy syrup amd vanilla. The mid palate is spicy and the finish is also spicy and sweet. The feeling of this bourbaon is thick and oily. It feel wonderful. It has a definite kick and i can only take it with a splash of water. But it is wonderful. Soo many flavors, it is wonderfully balanced. Highest recommendations.
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scollings scollings (97)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-08-25)
Neat or with the tiniest of ice cubes, this it one of the best barrel strength bourbons. Rich flavors, hints at being sweet, extremely smooth considering the firepower. You will not think it is as potent as it is. Very drinkable. Much more so than Bookers, and with better balance.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-08-09)
Great whiskey, just like everything else from KC. Did a side by side with my Stagg Jr and I can't decide which one I like better. The Stagg is oakier, drier, and a little more potent. The KC, though also a potent and powerful whiskey, has a little more emphasis on the sweetness and the cinnamon. Both are wonderful, what I pick just depends on whether I'm in the mood for oaky goodness or something to satisfy my sweet tooth.
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drjay drjay (8)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-04-28)
One of my favorites, just right after a couple minutes with a big ice cube. Potent, flavorful, not too much burn. ~$40 in WI
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NeatPour NeatPour (340)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-11-17)
4.3, a nicely balanced cask strength bourbon that was quite enjoyable neat. However I didn't get the sort of char and oak I was expecting a more robust version of the standard nine... This was a bit different... Not as crazy rich and full bodied as bookers but very rich and caramel flavors comming through... I have a feeling that melting an ice cube in this would evolve the flavors over time perhaps pulling some of that char & oak out. If you like wild turkey rare breed and bookers this would fall somewhere between those two
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Hangernaid Hangernaid (8)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-10-23)
This is SERIOUS top shelf. As far as whiskeys go, it is like comparing ketchup to Tabasco, it is strong and full of fire. That is just the alcohol content, it's potent. The flavor is awesome! An ice cube does it all the world of good in diluting the alcohol without changing the flavor. This is seriously good whiskey, and I am not a fan of Kentucky Bourbons (I live near the George Dickle and Jack Daniels distilleries, I prefer the charcoal flavoring of Tennessee whiskey). Having confessed that, this is without a doubt the best whiskey I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Go easy with it, it is half again more potent than the usual bar whiskey you are used to drinking. Don't mix it, this is too good a whiskey. I like it in a Glencairn glass (I know, that is supposed to be for scotch), but 2 ounces and I am smiling and enjoying the best whiskey Kentucky has to offer.
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ProfessorCocktail ProfessorCocktail (68)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-09-29)
Whoa! This is powerful stuff. A sweet, candied smell paves the way for a sweet and bold taste. (Did I mention this is strong?) It dances around your mouth with flavors of grain and fruit, and has a robust, spicy finish. It's a little too strong for me to drink neat and really appreciate, but a little water or an ice cube really bring out the flavors. For more reviews, including the results of our bourbon taste tests, please visit ProfessorCocktail.com.
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Phizbin Phizbin (362)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-09-26)
I agree with... there's a rich aroma with an herbal undertoe but it's all caramel and honey on the taste. For 120 proof, I'd say Mr Blue was right: this is a triumph in American distillation because there's minimal heat and lots of glory in this high proof spirit. The char isn't too omnipresent on the finish, which is lingering and rich. With a little ice, you lose a bit of the honey/caramel but it brings out all the wood. I'd match this bourbon up with just about any scotch in the world.
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Aluman Aluman (4)
Rating: 4.0 (2011-09-14)
Nose: The same as regular knob, though the charcoal over tones seem a bit diluted in this.   Taste (w/o water): Full body, there is a fruity nature to it with a hint of honey?  Though the charcoal again comes out, both are covered by the thick alchol in it. (120proof)   Taste (w 1-2ozs of water):  The alchol taste still seems high, the charcoal disspates a bit, but remains there as a weakness of the entire Jim Beam line.
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