Please join me in welcoming our newest writer here at WhiskeyNose.com, Dallas Lemons! Much like myself, Dallas is a beginning whiskey connesiour with nothing more than a pour of whiskey and an opinion. Hopefully, Dallas will be here for a while so we can crank out more reviews and interviews. So, without further ado, here is his first write-up. A Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review. – Ernie Ayres
Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was crafted to embody bourbon that you would have been drinking inside the prohibition era lounge behind a hidden door in a dark alley in the 1920’s and early 30’s. This is truly a full bourbon whiskey and those looking for something that is just “smooth” need not apply. Knob Creek offers a full arrange of flavors to be discovered.
Knob Creek is aged 9 years inside oak barrels and in small batches. The extra aging is what separates it from other bourbon whiskeys in the same price point (more on the price point later). The elongated aging also allows the whiskey to absorb more of the sweetness out of the oak, giving it at first a “sweeter than usual” taste.
The aroma is quite robust; heavy oak is detected at first, giving way to an almost sweet scent of vanilla, a small touch of caramel and even toffee. The longer you leave your glass to sit the more you will begin to detect. The once intimidating oak has stepped almost completely aside to have an almost honey like scent.
The tasting of this whiskey leaves you with two options. True enthusiasts will want to add a few chilled drops of water to really open up the flavors and make them more noticeable and enjoyable to the palate. However if you scoff at the idea of adding anything to your whiskey, even water, and you feel up to taking on Knob Creek then go for it. You are in for an oak filled, full-bodied, at times sweet and fruity tasting experience. The taste is thick, oily, and sweet and fruity and are almost absent from anything your tasting now. Very full body and almost spicy notes of cinnamon and pepper that continues until the end but does so remarkably without deleting the sweetness of the vanilla and caramel…very balanced.
The finish is strong and lasting, the oak is ever present and though it does not “bite” it certainly does not kiss you goodnight either.
On a pairing note, I find that Knob Creek is such a strong animal that I typically do not eat anything while enjoying it. I usually enjoy this as a pre-dinner drink. It serves to warm your palate and prepare you for your meal. Obviously you can drink it whenever you want I just find it to be a little overly complex to be enjoyed alongside food and will take away from the intensity of your whiskey.
Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey receives an 8 out of 10 Noses. Overall this bourbon whiskey really shines through a lot in its aging process. The fact that it is aged 9 years and yet is only around $30.00 is quite remarkable considering the amount of effort that goes into making this fine bourbon whiskey. I have had a lot of $40-$80 whiskeys that don’t hold a candle to Knob Creek. It is one my absolute favorite whiskeys that has been a staple in my home for years. I have known people to mix it, but again I find it a little stout to be mixed. I enjoy cutting it with chilled water. Now, go get yourself some!
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