Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel Selection Process

Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel

“Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel: The Selection Process”

If you read that title too quickly, you may be tempted to think, “Hey, didn’t they already write about selecting Knob Creek Single Barrel?”

Yes, we were fortunate to participate in selecting the Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon from the samples sent from Knob Creek for Tom’s Wine and Spirits.

But, this is different. For the first time, to our collective knowledge, Wichita is getting a single barrel store pick rye whiskey. And not just any rye whiskey. Wichita is getting the Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel.

Once again, Tom’s Wine and Spirits did a tremendous job in laying the groundwork to get this opportunity.

While the release date has yet to be determined, here is a review of the selection process, and a preview of what you can expect from the barrel we selected.

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Gentlemen devoted to the finest.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Store Pick “Tom’s by Flight Club” Review

Knob Creek Tom's by Flight Club

Single barrel bourbons have received increased attention in the American whiskey market in the past few years. Unlike the single barrel release pioneered by Elmer T. Lee, the current trend involves retail stores and bars selecting their own exclusive barrel from a distributor.

We were fortunate to have a local retailer include us in their selection process. Tom’s Wine and Spirits here in Wichita has always carried a superior inventory of beer, wine, and spirits. Wanting to continue to stock unique items for their customers, Tom’s purchased an exclusive barrel of Knob Creek’s Single Barrel Bourbon.

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Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Experience

Knob Creek Single Barrel

Mash bill. Barrel char level. Which rickhouse floor. There are many variables that contribute to what makes each bourbon brand unique. But, even within a particular brand, a slight variation to any particular variable also yields notable differing characteristics. What if you could isolate a few variables within a particular brand to compare the results?

Scott Hill and I were fortunate enough to engage in this exercise. Thanks to R&J Discount Liquor‘s willingness to share, we were able to test three samples of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve. The store received the samples to select which barrel they will used for their own store pick Knob Creek Single Barrel selection.

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