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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    I'm pretty sure they'd have to hand bottle it, how else would they be able to get the (ri)1 out of the tall bottles into the new short bottles?






    /yes I know they're not the same proof.

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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    "Hand bottled" is a real thing, although I don't see how it makes the whiskey taste any better. Buffalo Trace's single barrel line is essentially manual. Heaven's Hill's line for EWSB is as well. So is the line for Woodford. Very small, very slow, lots of people.

    Beam has a single barrel line for Knob Single Barrel. Even though the rye isn't single barrel, they may be using that line just because it's low volume.

    And, yes, that's probably the easiest way to transfer it from the r1 bottles.

    In seriousness, though, labels are usually a long-term proposition and Beam doesn't think small. What about when Knob Rye gets big enough to go onto the big boy line?

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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    I don't even have to type up posts anymore as others seem to do it much more eloquently than I could.

    I find the image of a RI(1) rebottling line highly amusing.

    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    Nothing changes the fact this is still a JB product... given how Old Overcoat, JB Rye and especially Ri(1) have TASTED, I don't have high hopes for this.

    I'll certainly try it - no doubt about it - but my expectations are terribly low for this to actually be good (or even any better than the other JB Rye products). My guess is it's just going to be a mid-shelf mixer that will be on every bar across the country, but nothing you'd want to sip on neat.

    All that said, I do appreciate the 100 proof. Who knows, that could push it over the edge to being a pleasant experience.
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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    First review is in - lots more pictures of the bottle there. Not really a great review in terms of depth - but they lost me at:

    "At the same time, it has detectable, signature Beam whiskey notes."


    http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2012...ek-rye-review/
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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    First review is in - lots more pictures of the bottle there. Not really a great review in terms of depth - but they lost me at:

    "At the same time, it has detectable, signature Beam whiskey notes."


    http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2012...ek-rye-review/
    Wow, another brutally honest Bourbon Blog review. Tom pulls no punches, lemme tell ya.
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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    - but they lost me at:

    "At the same time, it has detectable, signature Beam whiskey notes."


    http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2012...ek-rye-review/
    Well, that may be all I need to know...think I will try a teaspoon at someone else's bar before forking out hard-earned dollars for my own bottle.

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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    I've tried it. I did (am doing right now, in fact) a side-by-side with (ri)1 and the Knob Rye tastes like (ri)1 with another two years in the barrel, i.e., it's noticeably richer. People who like the LDI ryes will find this much more bourbon-like. It's clearly rye, with a dry finish, a little mint, a little new mown hay, and a little lilac.

    Again, none of this is a surprise, and to some I know this will be damning with faint praise, but of the four Beam ryes, Knob Rye is definitely the best. They haven't announced a suggested retail, but I predict it will be the same as Knob bourbon in your market, which in Chicago means about $25.

    So if you don't like Beam ryes, you won't like this, but if you thought (ri)1 could be improved by uping the ABV (Knob is 50%), aging it longer, cutting the price by about half, and putting it in a more normal-looking bottle, voila, your wish has been granted.

    Selected markets will have it in March and everyone should have it by July.
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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    Since I like both of the KC offerings, I'll definitely be trying this one, as well.

    I've never tried ri(1), only because I'm not willing to pay the price for it.

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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    ... but if you thought (ri)1 could be improved by uping the ABV (Knob is 50%), aging it longer, cutting the price by about half, ...


    I'm trying to think if there's any whiskey that wouldn't be improved by increasing the proof, being longer aged, and halving the price. I can think of a few that don't fit the first two, but the third criterion always makes up for it.

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    Re: Knob Creek Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    I'm trying to think if there's any whiskey that wouldn't be improved by increasing the proof, being longer aged, and halving the price. I can think of a few that don't fit the first two, but the third criterion always makes up for it.
    I know what you're getting at, but bad whiskey is never cheap enough.

 

 

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