It’s everything we love about Knob Creek, turned up to full volume.
Knob Creek is one of the special “small batch” brands of Beam-Suntory. Along with it’s sister labels — Booker’s, Baker’s, and Basil Hayden’s — it’s tailored to the more discriminating Bourbon-lover (and that means YOU). The Knob Creek brand was first launched in 1992, and since then they have changed very little — remaining dedicated to reproducing a pre-Prohibition Bourbon style experience. They keep their line-up limited to a handful of core products and special releases and they do all of them right, winning awards and turning heads.
We have to admit that Knob Creek is one of our go-to Bourbons — especially for cocktails. And Knob Creek Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is everything we like about Knob Creek turned up to full volume. All Knob Creek Whiskeys are small batch, but where their “normal” Straight Bourbon is NAS and 50% ABV, the Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is aged a full nine years and pops out at a blistering 60% ABV. Yes, as a true single barrel, there will be subtle differences from bottle to bottle (you gotta love that).
Smartass corner: Knob Creek Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon was developed personally by Booker Noe — grandson of Jim Beam himself and the namesake of Booker’s Bourbon.
Hits the spot every time. Wonderful taste and as smooth as it looks. Annoying wax job on the seal though. Cracks into little pieces.
The strength outweighs the flavor. I was hoping for more vanilla
One of my favorites. Smooth and and great for sipping.
Wow this is strong but I get big maple, caramel and vanilla tones once the alcohol dies down. Need ice for sure to make this a sipping drink. Very tasty and finishes very smooth. The start though is a punch to the face, but makes you want more.
Good but strong
Little oak, a little hot on the tongue for my liking.
good on the rocks
Too hot. Bit better with touch of water. Has a nice nice, vanilla cones out. Long finish that mellows nicely.
My every day go to. The best value in Bourbon
Bourbon St brrl #5. One of my favorites
Very sweet and strong. Not as hot as I would have expected a 120 proof to be
One of my favorite high proof bourbons. Smooth, great tasting, and delicious!
Smooth for the high-proof, butterscotch and vanilla flavors on the palate. Finish evolves and has flavors of tobacco (think unlit cigar) and cinnamon spice. Knob Creek Bourbon was created by Beam’s grandson, Booker Noe, who after joining the family business in 1950 was promoted to Master Distiller just ten years later. Booker talked like a true Kentuckian and was known for his contagious personality, and through his launch of the “Small Batch Bourbon Collection” — the collection includes Knob Creek as well as Basil Hayden’s, Booker’s and Baker’s bourbons — he is often credited as the father of the small batch bourbon movement. Knob Creek Bourbon takes its name from the small water source, Knob Creek, that ran through President Abraham Lincoln’s childhood farm. Booker’s vision for Knob Creek Bourbon was that of an honest, quality bourbon that could meet the standards — strength, flavor, care and patience — of bourbon made before prohibition distressed the industry just decades earlier. Like Abraham Lincoln himself, Booker designed Knob Creek Bourbon to be honest, unwavering and full of character. While most bourbons are blended together from multiple barrels to ensure consistency of flavor, Knob Creek Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is bottled from single casks, hand-picked based on their final age, rack placement and other proprietary methods passed down for many generations. Aged for a minimum of nine years and bottled at a robust 120 proof.
tasty, strong, good with ice or a splash of water
If you can get past the alcohol burn, it has a great taste and a long tail on that taste!
Knob Creek is one of my favorites. A real southern bourbon for a southern pallet!!
Lo trate en old fashioned de Longhorn y estuvo un poco cabron tragar, patiaba siempre
A bit harder on the palettes, but a nice after taste keeps on giving.
Fantastic value and flavor for the price - beam does an amazing job and this is yet another great expression of the Noe family’s excellence.
A little harsh with the high proof but great blend of flavors that pares extremely well with a spicy cigar.
Bold bourbon with a big boy BANG. Great for sipping slooooooowly.
Great tasting bourbon. Adding ice or water really opens up the flavor.
My favorite so far
I'm a fan..big bold flavor.
“I envision myself drinking this after a hard day panning for gold” - Abhi Gupta
Best “cheaper” bourbon I purchase.
This was my first time trying a high proof Bourbon. It took my breath away with the first taste, but once my mouth got used to it the flavors are amazing.
Take your breathe away alcohol flavor.
Eventually, you get the flavors once your lips go numb.
Love it. Best bang for your buck. Good proof good price and available.
Sharp bourbon and another bourbon that I feel would be a good bourbon with a cigar. I like this one on ice.
Great spicy, vanilla, burnt caramel and oak flavor notes.
Not a fan. Very harsh strong bite
Great with Diet Coke
It is a very good, intense, Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a rich birth; while a rich & complex life leads to a long & balanced death adding notes of creme brulee, butter nut brittle & dried fruit chutney.
I love this bourbon. Great for sipping neat. A drop of water does open it nicely as well. Good spice and brown sugar notes. Don’t let the 120 proof scare you away, its smooth beyond what the label would have you think.
Don’t drink it too fast.
Classic bourbon nose: brown sugar, vanilla and strong earthy smells on the back. Opens up nicely with a touch of water.
Spicy and rough. Much harsher than Bookers ( similiar ABV ), but tasty with a little ice
Great bourbon! Sipping it as I type this review. Sweet finish. Does not seem like 120 proof.
Just didn't like me. Even after acclimating to the bite I didn't get much from it. Ok at best
Always a favorite.
My sipping bourbon of choice. You wont be dissapointed.
I can sip this all night. It’s sweet and easy to drink.
So much variation. Some are really amazing, some aren't. Gotta try store picks!
It’s about the best $50 bottle of whiskey you can get. Great flavor and finish.
Excellent. I've tried quite a few bourbons by this point, and this one is in my top 5. Excellent flavor profile and reasonably priced. This would be a good buy at $55-60/bottle. I found it at $28 on a sale from a normal $38. At this price, it really was a steal as normal 100 proof normally run $32 in the local stores. Can't go wrong with this one in my opinion.
I love it. However I have only just started on my journey with Bourbon.
Rich, sweet bourbon. Despite high proof, alcohol does not overwhelm
Tremendous. Great flavors profile with plenty to offer, holds up well to an ice ball too.
Big bing for the buck. Great bite for this time of year
Love it! Went to Kentucky and got it straight from the distillery!
A good bourbon for a good price.
Distinct flavor. Very good!!
The flavor is rather strong with a nice little kick to finish.
Aroma is definitely on the sweeter side but spice and toastiness round out flavors on the palate. High alcohol content is a bit harsh.
Aromatic and complex, this whiskey mixes sweet with spicy. I get more of the char, toast and pecan than sweet vanilla and maple but it’s all spice going down
Very smooth with a finer note than the standard.
I enjoy the strong flavor and nice kick as it goes down.
Great choice for sharing the wealth
This is usually my go-to bourbon when I'm standing in the liquor store and wondering what to buy.