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Knob Creek

$35.00

OVERALL
RATING

9

Whiskey Review: Knob Creek

Tasting Notes:

About:
100 proof; aged in white oak barrels with maximum char; priced around $35 for a 750ML liter bottle
Appearance:
Medium amber with an inviting viscosity on the glass
Nose:
The most prominent scent upon the first smell was brown sugar. There is also the note of vanilla and fall spices that accompany the initial aroma.
Palate:
s across the globe and includes the Suntory label as part of a merger a number of years back. In the early 1990s, the Jim Beam company began to branch out further with the establishment of their small batch brands. Upon its initial previews, the Knob Creek label for Straight Bourbon outsold the initial estimate of 2000 bottles they were planning on offering of their 9-year aged small batch bourbon. Since then, Knob Creek has managed to establish itself as a well-respected mid- to upper-level option in the bourbon arena. The sample provided for my tasting was the Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon. These days the label no longer carries the age stamp from the original batches. What it does carry is a wonderful nose, pallet and color that will transport the taster to a nostalgic wonderland of spice laden flavors that are soft, but not subtle and warm without being bitingly hot. Knob Creek (image via Beam-Suntory) Tasting Notes: Knob Creek Vital Stats: 100 proof; aged in white oak barrels with maximum char; priced around $35 for a 750ML liter bottle Appearance: Medium amber with an inviting viscosity on the glass Nose: The most prominent scent upon the first smell was brown sugar. There is also the note of vanilla and fall spices that accompany the initial aroma. Palate: Baking spices such as clove, nutmeg, black pepper, and brown sugar. Hint of vanilla without being cloyingly sweet. Gentle flavor of oak wraps around the other flavors as they are delivered to your pallet. Reminiscent of the dark outer crust from grandma’s banana bread with just a dash of cinnamon. Roasted apples chase the rest of the flavors down to provide a soft fruitiness. There is a gentle heat that accompanies the drink, but it is not biting and does not linger longer than is appreciated.. Over ice, the bourbon takes on the character of spiced cider with a bit less heat than straight, further notes of clove, cinnamon, and orange peel dance around the apple character
Finish:
Comments:
Without pouring on too much praise, I can say that I truly enjoyed my visit with Knob Creek. Its nose and taste are inviting, and I have found myself gravitating towards Knob Creek when at bars when my usual preferences are not available. I also appreciate such a pleasant drink being available for under $40 a bottle. That puts this quite high on my list of likely candidates for stocking my liquor cabinet.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Beam-Suntory. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

Not being a huge fan of bourbon, my trepidation is noticeable when one is put in front of me with the expectancy of praise for putting forth a good effort. Pleasantly, I was given the opportunity to partake tasting of Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This drink was a test of my will to dislike America’s branded whiskey, bourbon, and provided an excellent reminder that one should never judge a book by its cover.

Jim Beam is known, much like Jack Daniel’s, for being one of the largest producers of accessible whiskey in the vast landscape of distillers throughout the United States. Since the first bottle of whiskey was produced by Jacob Beam way back when, investment in this brand has expanded into a thriving whiskey empire that caters to palates across the globe and includes the Suntory label as part of a merger a number of years back.

In the early 1990s, the Jim Beam company began to branch out further with the establishment of their small batch brands. Upon its initial previews, the Knob Creek label for Straight Bourbon outsold the initial estimate of 2000 bottles they were planning on offering of their 9-year aged small batch bourbon. Since then, Knob Creek has managed to establish itself as a well-respected mid- to upper-level option in the bourbon arena.

The sample provided for my tasting was the Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon. These days the label no longer carries the age stamp from the original batches. What it does carry is a wonderful nose, pallet and color that will transport the taster to a nostalgic wonderland of spice laden flavors that are soft, but not subtle and warm without being bitingly hot.

Knob Creek
Knob Creek (image via Beam-Suntory)

Tasting Notes: Knob Creek

Vital Stats: 100 proof; aged in white oak barrels with maximum char; priced around $35 for a 750ML liter bottle

Appearance: Medium amber with an inviting viscosity on the glass

Nose: The most prominent scent upon the first smell was brown sugar. There is also the note of vanilla and fall spices that accompany the initial aroma.

Palate: Baking spices such as clove, nutmeg, black pepper, and brown sugar. Hint of vanilla without being cloyingly sweet. Gentle flavor of oak wraps around the other flavors as they are delivered to your pallet. Reminiscent of the dark outer crust from grandma’s banana bread with just a dash of cinnamon. Roasted apples chase the rest of the flavors down to provide a soft fruitiness.

There is a gentle heat that accompanies the drink, but it is not biting and does not linger longer than is appreciated.. Over ice, the bourbon takes on the character of spiced cider with a bit less heat than straight, further notes of clove, cinnamon, and orange peel dance around the apple character

John Dover

As the creator and writer of “Johnny Scotch”, John Dover has built his Jazz Noir world from the music he is immersed in on a daily basis and from his travels across the US as a professional musician. John continues to build the “Johnny Scotch” library through short stories, and his comic book collaboration with Illustrator and story board artist Dan Schaefer. John’s musical world and his writing world also collide with the “Johnny Scotch Vignettes”, a series of musical pieces written by Thomas Barber, that incorporate high energy fusion with the spoken word.

John's latest releases include Johnny Scotch #4, illustrated by Dan Schaefer, and the second Johnny Scotch novella, “A Song for Charlie”. John continues to perform and teach as a clinician for Bach trumpets along with his role as the creator and writer of Johnny Scotch.

Outside of the Johnny Scotch world, John has a number of short stories in the horror genre published. You can find his works in "Tales from the Braided Pony", "Monsters 'N' Things", "100 Word Horrors", and "Carnival Tales", and the upcoming "Tenebrous Tales". John has also been a regular contributor to Mythmachine.com as an entertainment writer.

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