Knob Creek Turns To Barrel Finishing For Latest Rye Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Knob Creek Turns To Barrel Finishing For Latest Rye Whiskey

Knob Creek rye whiskey, since its introduction back in 2012, has become a leader in the rye whiskey category. Its relative price point and easy sipping approach have made it something folks dig either straight up or in a cocktail. Beam-Suntory, the company behind the brand, is now looking to capitalize on this popularity with the introduction of a new variant that’s saw extra maturation in finishing barrels.

The new Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye, according to those behind it, is a non-age statement whiskey that, in a first for the brand, has been secondarily finished in new, charred American oak barrels. The reason for this was to offer flavor wise what’s described as the classic spicy signature of rye amplified “by robust oak and warm spice notes with a touch of sweetness from the secondary barreling process.”

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye (image via Beam-Suntory)

“Rye whiskey is more popular than ever, and I’m proud Knob Creek plays a role in that,” said Fred Noe, Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller, in a prepared statement. “I’ve enjoyed experimenting with unique ways to amplify our classic rye whiskey to give whiskey fans something new and exciting, and I think we’ve done just that with Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy this new whiskey with friends and family as we enter the holiday season.”

Plans call for this rye whiskey, bottled at 100 proof, to be limited edition and price at around $45 per 750ml bottle. You’ll find some limited official tasting notes for the honey gold colored spirit below for your consideration.

  • Aroma: Powerful oaky aroma with subtle notes of brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and rye spice
  • Taste: Well-rounded sweetness, with secondary notes of toasted wood and warm baking spices
  • Finish: Lingering oak and spice, warm finish
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Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.