Knob Creek Small Batch 100 Proof Bourbon (750ml)
Delicious but fiery, this nine-year-old small-batch Bourbon offers deep toffee aromatics and bold flavor. On the palate, look for relatively dry flavors: leather, cedar, dried orange peel. A splash of water softens the profile to bring out more vanilla, honey, even a touch of chocolate.
Knob was one of the first bourbons I had when I started taking whiskey seriously, and it’s still a kicker. No-nonsense, flint-hard nose: slickly-polished oak furniture, cinnamon stick, cracked rye, wet cornmeal, hard candies. Bang! A lean whiskey that gets in your mouth and explodes with rye spice and cinnamon candy, a sharp wedge that opens you right up. The finish echoes: oak, a dying fire, clean and almost crisp. Emphatic, bright, and swift. Value Pick. (Fall 2014) (LB)
Wakes you up with a sharp, attention-grabbing nose: nine years of oak and hot warehouse slicing through dry corn. The mouth is a 100-proof slash of old-time Christmas hard candy, flashy oak caramel and hammering corn, with an insistent corn and oak finish. Knob takes no prisoners.
Knob Creek is aged nine years in charred American white oak barrels and bottled at 100 proof. It smells of maple sugar and toasted nuts and has a distinctly sweet, round and rich palate with slightly fruity oak flavors. The finish is long and rich. Double Gold, 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.