“The extra aging, longer than nearly every other small batch offering, allows our bourbon to absorb more of the sugar from the wood, giving it a richer taste. And treating our American white oak barrels with the highest char level brings out even more distinctive flavor qualities during the aging process. When it’s all done, we take our original Knob Creek Bourbon from barrel to bottle at an honest 100 proof, and our Single Barrel Reserve at 120 proof, just like it was done before prohibition.” -knobcreek.com
Just like before prohibition?!? Let’s all give them a round of applause! 👏
Company: Beam Suntory
Distillery: Knob Creek Distillery
Location: Clermont, KY
Mash Bill: 75% corn, 15% rye, 10% barley.
Age: 9 years.
ABV: 60% (120 proof)
Color: Dark Amber
Nose: Lots of oak, slight burn, vanilla, brown sugar, and leather. It’s a very light nose I was expecting something stronger from a single barrel.
Taste: Loads of vanilla and a sweet chocolate, maple syrup-y flavor, like a chocolate chip cookie. It has a savory aspect to it also, slightly meat like… not sure that’s the greatest description, but it’s good! Sorry, friends. 😂
Finish: There’s a very warm and spicy finish on your tongue that slowly moves down your throat to your stomach.
Overall: Surprisingly sweet with such a high proof, but it’s not overpowering. I really enjoy this Bourbon, it’s full flavored, full bodied, and it’s balanced very nicely.
Looks like I’ll be buying the Small Batch soon to review for you! Not sure what I was expecting from Knob Creek, but I really enjoyed it. Mm mm. It’s slightly more expensive than some other Bourbons, but still not overpriced. I highly recommend adding this one to your Bourbon collection if you haven’t already. Though, I suspect I’m the one late to this game.