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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Lock Stock & Barrel 13 Year Rye Review

Lock Stock & Barrel

Lock Stock & Barrel (LS&B), a brand of straight rye whiskey, is produced by Cooper Spirit Co., a company founded in 2006, whose greatest claim to fame is the creation of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur (a brand sold off in 2013 to Bacardi).  Cooper Spirits originally released the 13 year LS&B in 2013.  A subsequent 16 year and 18 year bottling have now been released from the same distillate.

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Old Overholt Bonded and 80 Proof Review

Whiskey Advocate recently ran a story on the history of Old Overholt. I encourage you to read it, as it is quite an interesting story of how Old Overholt went from one of the most highly respected American whiskey brands to a nearly forgotten bottom-shelf offering. Long story short (and not to discourage a read), the brand’s nineteenth century glory and family heritage died during Prohibition. The company would land in corporate hands, and eventually into National Distillers (a now defunct corporation that once owned brands like Old Grand-Dad and Old Taylor).

Post-Prohibition would see the conglomeration of many American whiskey companies and the death of many labels. Many of those were rye whiskeys, which were falling out of fashion. Old Overholt continued in production, but its source for about a thirty-year period is largely unknown. It is suspected that during this time that Old Overholt’s mash bill was changed to account for a higher corn content, which might explain some of my tasting notes below.

Beam acquired the brand from National Distillers in 1987. Since that time, Old Overholt has been bottled as an 80-proof rye, and the current age statement reads a mere 3 years (Beam dropped the four year age statement in around 2013 in favor of the 3 year product).  Recently, Beam announced an expansion of the Old Overholt line, with a 100-proof, Bonded offering that would in some ways return the brand to its days of old, when Old Overholt was a bottled-in-bond product, 100 proof, at least 4 year rye whiskey.

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Review: Kentucky Owl Rye Batch #1

Kentucky Owl Rye

Kentucky Owl is a non-distilling producer that enjoys high esteem for its line of bourbon. Its history takes a winding road all the way back to 1879. Then, a pharmacist named Charles Dedman started a distillery in Kentucky. When Prohibition hit, the company essentially went under, after the federal government seized its inventory.

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Michter’s Rye Review: 264 Years in the Making


What’s in a name?  According to Michter’s, a lot.

Take a look at any current Michter’s branded whiskey bottle and you will find the phrase “Distilled in small batches according to the Michter’s pre-Revolutionary War quality standards dating back to 1753.”

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