Updated: Nov 12

The Details

Keeper's Heart

Irish and Bourbon Whiskey

NAS - No Age Statement

Produced by O'Shaughnessy Distilling Company

Minneapolis, Minnesota

92 Proof

Mashbill: N/A - Blended

Price: $40

Poured Neat in a Glencairn

Appearance: Light Gold

Nose: Green Apples, Ripe Pears, Vanilla and Honeysuckle

Palate: Sweet Bread, Apples, Pears, Slight Citrus Zest

Finish: Warm, Light Finish with a Medium Coating

Overall: This was a treat to try. And when I say treat, I mean it seriously reminded me of the holidays with my family having coffee around the table and snacking on a fruit panettone. Panettone is an Italian type of sweet bread originally from Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Western, Southern, and Southeastern Europe as well as in South America, Eritrea, Australia, the United States and Canada. Wikipedia

It's always a great feeling when a certain combination of flavors come together to bring back memories of being together and enjoying company. This tends to happen with quite a few whiskeys I review and I just can't help but get add a little nostalgia to these writeups.

A very easy proof with this marriage of Irish and Bourbon Whiskeys create a wonderful approach and extremely inviting drinkability. Pair that with a great retail price and you just may have yourself a perfect holiday sipper.

I'd like to thank the folks at Keeper's Heart for sending this to the Library. Now, I just need to find that 10 Year!

Library Rating: 7.9 / 10

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Updated: Nov 10

The Details

Knob Creek

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Limited Edition Small Batch

Release KC001

Aged 18 Years

Distilled and Bottled by Knob Creek Distilling Company

Clermont, Kentucky

100 Proof

Mashbill: 75% Corn / 13% Rye / 12% Malted Barley

Price: ~$240

Poured Neat in a Copita nosing glass - Click Here to order

Appearance: Dark Amber

Nose: Creamy Caramel, Vanilla Wafers, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar and Wet Oak

Palate: Flakey Buttered Pastry, Vanilla Buttercream Icing, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Roll and Salted Walnuts

Finish: Medium Linger, Sweet Coating and Cinnamon Spice

Overall: First thing's first...do not let the price point scare you away! This 18 Year offering honoring the 30th anniversary of Knob Creek is one you're going to want in your home-bar. I'm going to get very honest here, I'm not the biggest fan of the traditional Knob Creek profiles of saturated oak and huge peanut influence. To me, the particular profile tastes dry and doesn't leave me salivating for more. But hey, that's me. I know there is quite a cult following when it comes to Knob Creek and I completely respect that. This 18 Year, however, brushes aside everything I just wrote and stands on its own. I feel the "off-profile" taste is exactly what I needed to get me pulled back into this brand. Perhaps the extra time in oak? Certain rickhouse location? Any agitation? Whatever the cause, I'm hopeful this profile prevails going forward because it just solidified a spot in The Library Top-10 of 2022.

Library Rating: 9.2 / 10

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The Details

Barrell Craft Spirits

A Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys

Finished in Mizunara, French and Toasted American Oak

Cask Strength

Batch 1

No Age Statement (NAS)

Distilled in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky

Bottled by Barrell Craft Spirits - Louisville, Kentucky

114.44 Proof

Mashbill: Various - Blended

Price: $80

Poured Neat in a Copita nosing glass - Click Here to order

Appearance: Gold

Nose: Dark Chocolates, Marshmallows, Caramel and Vanilla Custard

Palate: Buttercream Frosting, Graham Crackers, Burnt Caramel and Oak

Finish: A Long Viscous Linger with a Warm Rye Spice

Overall: I had the opportunity to give this a try for the first time when I attended the Wisconsin Whiskey Fest last month. This was a bottle that had my attention right from the get-go with the finish alone. Well, the whiskey certainly followed through with the incredible finishing barrels. As soon as I returned home, I purchased a bottle.

Inviting upon first sniff, the dark chocolates and marshmallows danced across my senses. Crossing my fingers and hoping the palate followed the nose with those sweet sugary flavors, I was met by the sandwich portion of the s'more. Graham crackers and buttercream frosting created almost a dessert in a glass until the perfect spice shows up. A warm peppery rye spice helps to create a higher viscosity and warm tingle straight down the throat.

This is certainly one to check out if you've ever been on the fence about any Barrell product. The blending is exquisite and the finishes are spot on with my profile.

Library Rating: 8.7 / 10

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