Knob Creek Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Though this new offering meets the technical criteria for rye (a mash bill of at least 51% rye), the sweet, caramelly flavors suggest a high-rye Bourbon—which makes sense considering that Knob Creek is best known for its Bourbon. Expect bold almond, oak, brown butter and pecan pie flavors. The drying baking-spice finish is more characteristic of rye, and has less bite than might be expected of a 100-proof spirit.
Unlike the Knob Creek bourbons (which are 9 years old), there’s no age statement with this new rye, which tastes relatively younger. It’s bracing, vibrant, and spicy. (The rye contribution is unmistakable.) Cinnamon spice and crisp mint dominate, with charcoal, botanicals, ginger, nutmeg, honeyed fruit, vanilla, and caramel. Warming spice finish. Its dynamic personality should shine in cocktails, but from a sipping, drinking neat perspective, I wish it was a little older like its siblings. (Summer 2012)
Jim Beam's entry into the super premium Rye has really made some waves. While there is no age statement, this contains Rye up to 9 years old. Voted "Best Rye" and brandishing a double gold medal, the Knob Creek Rye has elevated Jim Beam's profile in the burning hot cocktail scene. While this bottling shares the eminent Knob Creek name, the profile is very different. Loosing the ultra-forward sweetness, you're going to feel a strong herbal rye spice in its place. Very robust without being overly thick, you'll find this holds up nicely in your cocktails thanks to the Knob Creek tradition of bottling at 100 proof. A nice addition to the burgeoning Rye category.