Created to represent whiskey before it was mass produced, Knob Creek embodies the look, feel and taste of pre-prohibition bourbon. This is a long-aged, high-rye bourbon from Jim Beam. Whisky Bible 2011: Bourbon of the Year (9 Years & Under); 94 Points
The yearly release of Evan Williams's vintaged single barrel whisky, aged for 9 years. The folks at Evan Williams know how to pick them, and with every vintage gaining a few breathless reviews we expect good things from this one as well.
A 2004 vintage Springbank bottled at 9 years of age. The first four years was spent in refill bourbon casks, with the final five years maturation taking place in casks that were formerly used for Barolo from legendary producer Gaja.
A 2004 vintage Port Charlotte (peated whisky from Bruichladdich distillery) from independent bottlers The Coopers Choice. This was aged for 9 years in cask number 1032 before 330 bottles were yielded in 2014.
Knob Creek's first foray into the world of single barrel bottlings, bottled at a high 60% ABV. While the individual barrels, and thus bottlings, will vary slightly they are selected for a rich aged flavour, with some smoky notes joining the usual vanilla and caramel.
The third cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Mannochmore distillery in Speyside. This was distilled in March 1990 and bottled 9 years later in May 1999. The distillery is situated within the same complex as Glenlossie and is known for predominantly producing a light grassy style of malt.
Since the demise of the original Singleton range, official bottlings of Auchroisk are rarer than talented X-Factor wannabes - we reckon that this 1999 Managers' Choice cask strength ex-sherry 9yo might be only the third OB we've had in recent times, alongside the Flora & Fauna bottling and a Rare Malts version. At 60.6%, this will be one for the sherry monsters out there.
An old bottling of blended whiskey from Bushmills in Northern Ireland, bottled at a typically young, for the time, 9 years old. While they're now part of the Diageo family this was produced back before they joined the, at the time, newly formed Irish Distillers group.