Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

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As if 100-proof Knob Creek—one of the most popular of Beam’s Small Batch Bourbon Collection—weren’t potent enough, seventh-generation distiller Fred Noe has paid tribute to his father, Booker Noe, the late master distiller emeritus of Jim Beam, with this 120-proof powerhouse. The whiskey is aged for nine years in barrels that are hand-selected to bring out more of Knob Creek’s signature thick vanilla, caramel, and smoky flavors. This is not a bourbon for the faint of heart. It is a meaty libation that only asks for a cube of ice or a splash of distilled water to tone down the RPMs. It also makes an extremely potent Manhattan. ($40)

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