Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
50% ABV/100 Proof
$28 to $30
What the Distillery Says:
Knob Creek Bourbon was named after a little creek that runs just south of the distillery, the same creek that ran by Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home. Booker Noe, 6th generation Beam and master distiller emeritus created Knob Creek to reflect the strength, flavor, care, and patience that defined pre-prohibition bourbon. The bottle embodies the handmade look and feel of the turn-of-the century bourbon as well. It is reminiscent of a bootlegger’s flask with newspaper scrawled on the label, harkening back to the decade’s old custom of wrapping bottles in newspaper at the distillery.
Knob Creek bourbon was created in the style of turn of the century bourbon. Knob Creek embodies the bold flavor that has made Kentucky famous for bourbon. Aged the longest of the Small Batch Bourbons – 9 years – in charred American white oak, it strikes the senses with a maple sugar aroma, distinctive sweetness and rich, full-bodied flavor. Knob Creek is perfect straight or cooled slightly with one or two ice cubes.
Age: 9 years
Color: Copper to medium amber
Aroma: Toasted nuts, grain oak
Taste: Rich, sweet, woody, full-bodied, almost fruity
Finish: Long, rich and glowing
What Richard Says:
Nose: Oaky and hot. Just the slightest hint of cherry syrup.
Palate: Cherry cough syrup, polished oak, peppery, and slightly tannic.
Finish: Warm, oaky, and long. Very dry.
Comments: I think of Knob Creek as the small batch progression from the standard Jim Beam line. I get a lot of the classic Jim Beam flavors but it is drier, a little spicier, and shows a lot more wood. It’s very enjoyable. Like all the bourbons we’re tasting this month, it’s made from the same mashbill as standard Jim Beam. The tasting of all these different styles is an interesting exercise in seeing what aging and warehouse location can do when the wood, water, and recipe are the same.
Rating: Stands Out
What Matt Says:
Matt has not had a chance to review this whiskey yet.