Monday, August 20, 2012

Knob Creek

Knob Creek is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey distilled by Jim Beam at their Knob Creek Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. Knob Creek is distilled in small batches and aged for nine years before being bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol). Knob Creek is the same creek that passed Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home. Do you think that's a coincidence? The website says, "It's as simple as that."

Other Bourbons in Beam's Small Batch Collection include Basil Hayden's, Booker's and Baker's. The one I'm most familiar with is Booker's, which I sipped this past year on a ski vacation when there was no snow. Can't wait to try the others!

The bottle has a black wax cover over the cork, and the wax is stamped with little pieces of information about the bourbon: 100 proof, limited, bourbon, Knob Creek, etc. The label on the square flask-style 375 mL bottle is pretty simple, and a story on the side offers a little history. The 750 mL bottle will run you around $31.

Cherry and oak aroma to start. Sniff for a while to find the maple syrup, vanilla and bakery items in this glass. Wow, really terrific flavors to open. Honey and heat with an excellent sweetness that lasts throughout.

Smooth with a great body. An underlying fruitiness adds some wonderful complexities. Again, those dark cherries show through along with a bit of orange. Oak, maple, vanilla in nuances. And a spicy cinnamon flavor that really rides along with the heat and burn from the alcohol.

Loved this. The long aftertaste is an experience in itself. Try it yourself. It might be the spirit that will make you switch.

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