Friday 23 February 2018

Knob Creek Single Barrel Review (And blind review video)

Hi everyone,

So… I did a thing. Dave’s Whisky Reviews has expanded slightly into the YouTube domain. And the idea is a little different in that I’ll be blind reviewing stuff and giving a guess as to what it is. Which is nothing new on Reddit but hasn’t really been done before on YouTube. The idea is to keep it fun, get some stuff hideously wrong and look like a bit of an idiot. You can check out my video on this one here. Let me know what you think!
Background with this was that I was visiting California and wanted to pick up my first bottle of Bourbon since Jim Beam White. (shudders) This being a good price and me not having tried it yet, it fit the bill pretty well.
Knob Creek 9 Single Barrel 60%
Colour: Bronze
Body: Full
Nose: A little funky, bags of nuts, peanut, macadamia, cashew, salted caramel, a little alcohol covering anything else.
Water: Softer and a little more complex. Nice caramel, toffee and vanilla. Honey, biscuit, salted peanuts.
Taste: Intense, almost a buttery mouthfeel to start (which is lovely), then it's drier, caramel, peanut, some alcohol, some funk, oak, more nut then with cashews and trail mix, and peanuts again, more and more peanuts. Some black pepper too in places with floral notes.
Water: Much softer arrival, nice balance to this one with honeycomb, soft black pepper, chilli flakes, caramel, cashew and peanut. Some oak and dry orange come in but never becomes too much.
Finish: Long length. More peanuts and oak comes through, not that spicy really. A little spicier with water.
A good one for 50 bucks! A few drops of water and it comes together. For me, I don’t think I could have done much better at this price point.

Thanks for reading!

American Review #55
Whisky Network Review #668

American Average: 69.5
Network Average: 74.7
Best Score: 93
Worst Score: 22
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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