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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Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #1: Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare

Buffalo Trace Eagle Rare
Buffalo Trace

Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about Buffalo Trace Distillery. Two mash bills yield over a dozen brands, most of which are highly regarded in the bourbon community.

[For our final conclusions and links to all of the Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #1 reviews, click here.]

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Stephen Netherton

Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com

A Dozen Roses

In the crowded bourbon market, it is difficult to stand out in a positive way. Four Roses, like most other major brands, offers a product line that essentially contains a bottom shelf bottle (the yellow label), a small batch bottle, a single barrel bottle, and limited releases. They also offer store-pick, single barrel barrel strength bottles. Which, also, is not unique.

But, what does makes Four Roses stand out, and why it has held my attention recently, is its yeast.

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Stephen Netherton

Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com

March 2017 Monthly Tasting – Blanton’s and Bottling Proof Isolation

Numerous factors affect a whiskey’s final characteristics.  Those in the know will tell you that the mash bill, the yeast, the fermentation method and environment, the still, distillation rates and proof, the type and char of barrel, the barrel entry proof, the aging environment, and the time in the barrel are all factors that contribute to each specific product.

But one more nuanced variable also shapes the way a product is perceived – the bottling proof.  This month’s Flight Club will focus on just that – the bottling proof – and that factor’s impact on nose, taste, and finish.  We will be sampling the entire international lineup of Blanton’s, which includes otherwise identical single barrel bourbons* bottled at 80 proof, 93 proof, 103 proof and barrel proof.

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Gentlemen devoted to the finest.