Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye is a limited release by Beam. Twice Barreled Rye is the standard Knob Creek Rye, secondarily finished in new, level 4 charred oak barrels.
NOSE Oak, rye grain, and baked oats are at the forefront. Lingering behind are hay, muted vanilla, and sweet sugar scents. A layer of ethanol is present bringing a noticeable overlay of heat to the nose. The effect allows the nose to be nicely balanced, though slightly hot for the proof.
PALATE Rye spice, vanilla, and smoky oak quickly appear with white pepper and light anise hiding in the background. The double barrel effect is in full play in the palate as a noticeable underlying level of sweetness is present. This doesn’t come as a surprise as a deeply charred second barrel typically delivers this effect. While the nose may have shown some heat, the palate is an easy sip and readily allows you to roll it around your mouth to dissect the flavors. It adds a nice twist to your average rye experience.
FINISH The sweet sugars carry through to the finish and combine with a low simmering heat that is present throughout. Sweet vanilla and oak kick things off and quickly fade to a drier leathery oak combo that lingers for a while. It’s not your traditional rye finish, but in line with the rest of the sip, albeit delivering a slightly weaker experience than the nose and palate.
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