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Monday, October 29, 2018

Bonus Post - Mini Review - Knob Creek Single Barrel

Welcome to the mini review for Know Creek Single Barrel. I was given two ounces by friend of the site, Ashwin!

Manufacturer: Beam Suntory (Jim Beam)

Age: 12 years, 3 months, 3 days

Mash Bill: Unknown (however, most Knob Creek are 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% barley)

Alcohol: 60%

Who is this for?: Collectors, people passionate about bourbon. People who like sipping bourbon.

Review: For this review, I'm not going to score because I don't have enough of the product to do a proper test, but I do want to provide some impressions. With that said.... Let's start the review! 


For a 120 proof bourbon, the aroma is a very nice oaky smell, which would be expected for sitting in the barrel for over 12 years! With the first sip... my initial reaction is... DAMN, that is strong. This is not for the faint of heart. As is usually the case, the second sip was better, but still a bit much for my tolerance.

To combat the strength, I added a splash of water to dilute. Much better. The bourbon goes down with a bit of heat and has a strong oak taste.


This has one of the longest finishes that I've experienced so far. The bourbon sits on the throat for a long time. It's a very strong finish and I would not categorize this a on the smoother side.

After I added a splash of water, the finish remained long. Also, as expected, the bourbon became much smoother and easier to drink.

Intangibles: Color/Appearance

What a beautiful dark brown that makes this bourbon appear distinguished and bold. This is also the thickest bourbon I've ever seen. It slowly drips down the side of the glass and is surprisingly fun to twirl and watch.


From what I've seen, this is very scarce in Ohio. The state liquor control lists it on their website as active, but I've only seen it available once while out and about. However, the regular Knob Creek 120 is readily available at around $49. This tasting was done off of a barrel pick, but I've been told that the off-the-shelf Knob Creek 12 year is almost as good.

Overall Impressions

I love the color and viscosity of this bourbon and I'm thankful for the opportunity to have a taste. This is definitely not an everyday bourbon, but I could see this being a great pick on a cold winter day or for having an autumn drink with friends. 

Note: This review was done by Mark. The bourbon was given as a gift by friend of the site, Ashwin, who purchased at Arena Wine and Spirits. This review was done, in beautiful, Columbus, OH

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