60% alcohol/Vol 120 Proof
When I first started drinking bourbon 7 years ago, Knob Creek was what I started with and this single barrel was new to the scene, just like me. Coming from Jim Beam you can see some of the Booker’s taste profiles, it’s readily available and typically a good price (around $40). The mashbill is 75% corn, 13% Rye, and 12% Barley. At 60% this has a high proof, but it’s still really easy to drink. It’s also cheaper than most single barrels on the shelf. I’m a big barrel proof fan, but this one tastes and costs like a daily drinker.
Toffee, brown sugar, caramel, it’s sweet with a hint of spice.
The legs are medium quick with a medium auburn coloring.
The initial taste is warm brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla, heated up with a little cinnamon. The undertones are oak, leather and smoke showing the nine years of aging. The finish is pretty long, dry, and delicious with smoked oak and cinnamon. It’s a readily available single barrel from a name we trust.