Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye 2018 Limited release
This is a 2018 special release from Knob Creek. They did another in 2019, but they st Read Moreopped after that because they are monsters who want to rob me of all joy. Tasted this neat in a glencairn after resting 10+ minutes.
Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey - 2018 Limited Release:
119.6 proof | aged 9 years | straight KY rye: mashbill undisclosed - approximately 51% rye | $65
Nose: Tart dried cherries & apricots | oak | musty peanut shells & light tobacco | mild allspice & sage
Palate: lush stone fruit | rich caramel & vanilla | oak | rosemary
Finish: clove & cinnamon red hots | cotton candy | leather couch | orange zest | oak with a lil' peanut action
Body: Rich & juicy, with a nice numbing tongue tingle as the finish fades
Thoughts: When I first opened this bottle, it was an absolute oak bomb - but it developed into a complex rye that has rich fruit notes, big oak, Beam peanut, and subtle herbs. I've watched that pattern repeat itself over at least three different bottles (which was fun). I've had the 2019 release, and it's great, too - it's more of a fiery oak monster, whereas this stuff has a lot of finesse. It seems like Beam is done with this bottling though - I never heard anything about a 2020 release or later. That makes me sad, because this is an excellent well-aged rye for $65. And I want more. Read Less
Stellum Rye Black Limited Release
This is the original special release Stellum Rye - a lot of people love this one. This is a blend of Read Morestraight ryes produced by Barrell - it's 114 proof, NAS, and about $100.
Nose: rich cinnamon & clove | delicate fruitiness - green apple candy... watermelon? | thick mint | leather | big league chew bubblegum | anise & cocoa. Develops & gets richer throughout the session.
Palate: oak | mint & light vanilla | big league chew bubblegum | leather.
Finish & Body: prickly clove & anise | cocoa | big leather | cinnamon | gingerbread cookie. Body is thick & rich.
Score: 8.3 | Excellent Read Less
Campfire and s’mores. Charred caramelized oak. Hershey’s chocolate syrup running down a burnt oak tree. Read More
You gotta like oak to appreciate this bottle. Oak right up the bat with chocolate and marshmallows. Graham cracker and Hershey’s chocolate syrup on the finish as well.
This is the first bottle that officially started my bourbon collection those years ago. I got a sample at a liquor store and it was the first time I was able to tell the difference in flavor between regular whiskey and a good bourbon. It’s a great bottle especially if you can find a store pick. I picked up a regular non store pick bottle and every sip left you with a strong oak tannic taste. But this single barrel doesn’t have that. Read Less
* Read More*Palate:** cherry and cola, brown sugar old fashioned, nutmeg on tapioca pudding, mint, and light molasses
**Finish:** medium length, caramel, aged tobacco, and dehydrated cherries
I have nothing bad to say about this bottle. It’s full flavor and high proof. A little water changes it a little and brings out the orchard fruit and keeps the flavors overall the same. The distillery has been putting out some great bottles and I think they drink older than they are. This was a treat and I’d recommend single barrels to anyone looking for a solid unpretentious bottle!
t8ke Scoring Scale:
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
So pleasant. Delicate. No ethanol. Sweet oak. Smells like a grape uncrustable with some processed white bread and subtle grape jelly. Read More
Oh man the sweet oak transfers perfectly without being tannic. The 12 year age is perfect for this bottle. Not too complex and light to medium finish. More flavor than a 90 proofer but finish is a bit light. But just so pleasant all around. I would pour this to anyone new to bourbon so they have an idea on what a good pleasant balanced bourbon should taste like.
I love me a good barrel proof but this is my guilty pleasure bottle. It’s a hyped bottle and limited and a Weller product but this is just good dammit! One of the best sub $50 bottles out there. Read Less