Knob Creek K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #5851 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1351560

Price: $47.99

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Tasting Notes

The fabulous new single barrel offering from Knob Creek is truly in a class of its own, very different in character than the standard single barrel rye. We were extremely happy to see that they'd be bottling it near cask strength at 115 proof. It's hard to pinpoint exactly the various differences between Jim Beam's Rye offerings but presumably this is the same recipe as both the new Prohibition and the old school Overholt, although some reports have it listed at 55% rye, 35% corn, and 10% malt. Beam is very ginger about exactly what goes into these barrels. Perhaps they're using different distillation methods or warehouses, but it seems to all be the same mash bill. That said, this cask shows a very different character than those other stalwart brands. The whiskey also doesn't remind us of the regular Knob Creek either, which typically shows a nutty quality that doesn't exist at all in this whiskey. Instead this new offering is a zesty spice bomb with tons of bright ginger and sweet candied notes and bright citrus aromatics. The palate is rich and filled with wonderful herbs. The obvious caraway, dried grass and pepper are pointed by striking lemon peel, fresh tanned hide, cinnamon and roasted cloves. Spicy and hot on the finish yet in an eminently drinkable way. We've got a lot of great rye, but this is one of the most exciting single casks we've had to date.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This Rye from Knob Creek is full bodied and concentrated, mouth coating and delicious.Big and juicy flavors are the theme here with a little spice added in to liven it up.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Well here is something different! I was expecting something ultra heavy and dark when I heard we'd be trying Single Cask Knob Creek Rye, but when the samples arrived I was surprised to find something totally out of the norm for Jim Beam. High-toned, fragrant and zesty, this bold little rye isn't quiet in line with any of the other Beam Ryes. Probably the closest thing I can compare it to is an old hotter version of Old Overholt, but even so it doesn't have the classic varnish quality we might expect there. The biggest parallel is the obvious maltiness that comes out at the end of the glass, which is something I definitely got in the new Overholt bonded, but the liveliness of this whiskey has no parallel in Beam's portfolio. It's not altogether traditional Kentucky Rye, but it is absolutely delicious and certainly a welcome change from some of the other high proof ryes on the market.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the best rye whiskies to enter my glass in a long time. It's a double take kind of rye. You want to revisit this bottle over and over again. It has all of the sweetness you could ask for, but the real star is the herbal weight and texture. The baking spices are amazing and pretty and sweet, but the star is the pepper, dill, earth, and fennel which blend seamlessly into the whole. If you've ever asked yourself "what are the hallmarks of great rye?" This is the answer.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    A rye to be reckoned with. This barrel found a great balance of dry spice, proof, and texture. Not too sweet with lots of almond flavor, this would make an absolutely outstanding old fashion.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    Fred Noe, you done did it again! This Knob Creek Rye is something else! The nose is vanilla, cloves and oaky undertones. The flavor immediately coats the entire mouth, with nutmeg and cinnamon giving way to pepper and vanilla on the front with a hint of walnut and allspice across the middle before finishing with that gripping cinnamon spice and that wonderful Knob Creek burn. It's 115 proof, but you would not know it! Super balanced, this warms you up from all the way down!! Get it while you can.


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