This was my very first of many Private Barrel Selections from the allocated program. This program was designed to have your favorite liquor store come and visit the distillery and select from multiple barrels that the distillery rolls out for the private barrel tasting. Each distillery is different on how many barrels you select or sometimes they pre-select them for you and then have you choose from what barrels were pulled from the rickhouse.
On this particular occasion Lexington Bourbon Society partnered up with Seth at Wine+Market off of Jefferson St in Lexington, KY. We had 6 barrels pre-selected in Warehouse K which is one of the Knob Creek Single Barrel programs warehouse of many. We started out by arriving at the distillery around 9:30 am and then it was off to Warehouse K to drink some brown water.
After we tasted 6 barrels and voted on the one that everyone thought was the best out of the 6 we went to go grab some lunch. After lunch we were able to watch the barrel be delivered to the dump station where the juices flow out of the barrel to a gauge on the wall that shows you how much that your barrel of whiskey produced. What a lot of people don’t realize is that a lot of the times the bourbon comes out of the barrel at a higher proof than the 120 proof that will be bottled. Once you find out how much bourbon you’ve got and at what proof it is then the chemistry begins to work with how much water has to be added to achieve that 120 proof for the Knob Creek Single Barrel Program. Don’t mistake the water for just any water it’s water that comes from the distillery and it’s that good ole KY limestone water.
After the magic happened behind the scenes with achieving the 120 proof that has to take place on the Knob Creek Single Barrel Program we went off to the bottling facility. This place is really cool it shows a lot of memorabilia from the long time ago with the Jim Beam decanters that were popular many moons ago. After the line was fired up and our juice was ready to be bottled several of us jumped on the assembly line and started filling the bottles and boxing them up. This is the only distillery that I’ve had such a cool experience from picking your barrel and bottling it and walking out with that bottle on the same day.
Cheers to Jim Beam, Lexington Bourbon Society, & Wine+Market 🥃