94 points and '#2 Whisky of 2018,' Whisky Advocate: "This limited-edition rye from Knob Creek beat the odds to rise to number two by flexing its muscle to impress tasters from both the U.S. and the UK. Superlatives were in good supply: intense, massively chewy, huge, very bold, aggressive. This 9 year old, unfiltered, cask-strength bottling simply presents heaps of flavor for a fair price. Caramel-drizzled flan, charred marshmallow, and honey-roasted peanut aromas lead to mouth-filling flavors of tropical fruits, citrus oil, and peach nectar. Lemony bright with cinnamon and peppery spice galore, it’s surprisingly drinkable at proof, but water really unpacks the flavors. ABV: 59.8%."
93 points Wine Spectator: "Like most barrel-proof whiskeys, this muscular rye benefits from the addition of water, which shows off its intense flavor range to full effect. Look for charred marshmallow, caramel flan and honey-roasted peanut notes, along with tropical fruit, peach and citrus elements. (10/31/19)"