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Beast Masters Club Private Barrel - Knob Creek Rye "The Bandit"

Private Barrel
Knob Creek Rye
Distilled November 5th, 2012
Rickhouse O, Floor 7, Rack 21
115 Proof


"What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law!"

R.I.P. Bandit.

We thought this ballsy full proof rye was a fitting tribute to the late great B.R. and named it after one of our all time favorites.

We’ve been looking for a great private barrel of rye for the club and when we tasted this Knob Creek we knew we’d found something special. Distilled in the fall of 2012, it’s close to six years old, and achieves what we look for in a rye: on the nose it has loads of spice, from spearmint to hot bbq peppers to baking spices and cinnamon. Once you dive in for a sip, you get vanilla, char, and very pleasing amount of wood. At 115 proof, this is definitely in BEASTly territory and not a beginners whiskey. But for folks like us who want an affordable full proof rye that’s just exploding with big bold flavor, this bad boy will keep you driving faster than Buford all night long. k up now or forever regret.



#35: Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits


For our 20th private barrel, we wanted to do something really special. When we found this single cask of 30 year Argmagnac, we knew we'd done just that. Nicolas Palazzi from PM Spirits educates us on all things Armagnac and samples us on several private casks including our beautiful 30 year.


We've been hearing that Armagnac is the "next big thing" but we didn't believe it. That is, we didn't believe it until Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits poured us the most incredible 30 year single cask we've ever tasted. Armagnac is incredibly diverse becase in addition to the different distilling and aging techniques, there's a vast difference in grape varietals. Nicolas has discovered some true gems in Armagnac production. These are tiny family operations that produce only a few casks per year. The 1988 Chateau de Leberon was placed in a "black oak" cask made from local timber straight out of the small traditional column still with no water or additives. It aged beautifully for 30 years and was bottled unfilitered, at cask strength. It's totally undiluted, pure, straight from the cask spirit, and was one of the most stunning drams we've ever tasted!