The Knob Creek Rye review
Company: Jim Beam
Age: No Age Statement but they say “patiently”
Classification: Rye Whiskey
Breakdown: Unable to confirm anything here apart from the obvious >51% rye
Price: c. £35-40
Knob Creek is produced at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, USA. It is named after a small stream which flows through President Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home. The brand has surprisingly only been around since 1992, with Knob Creek Rye only since 2012. It was the first Knob Creek release to not show an age statement.
The marketing message for the brand is the rebirth of honest bourbon and to restore the standards of pre-prohibition. The official website claims that it is also the world’s most awarded bourbon. It is a super shaped apothecary type bottle, and the label is inspired by a historical practice of wrapping bottles in newspaper at the distillery
For this review we drank it neat in a Glencairn glass (water was added after the scoring)
What we got - Menthol, fresh, wet forest of trees (fern?), spiciness of the rye
What they say we should get - Expansive notes of herbs and rye with nuances of oak
What we got - Fresh, pine tree, strong, spicy, peppery
What they say we should get - Bold rye spiciness with undertones of vanilla and oak
What we got - Medium length spice finish, very pleasant
What they say we should get - Warm and smooth with spice throughout
Nose and palate very similar. Big and full flavor. For a new bourbon drinker the purely neat version is possibly overpowering on the spice/pepper, but not on the alcohol. The Gents went rouge after the scoring and added a drop or two of water and as expected it softened the experience making it more creamy & palatable.
According to the makers of Jim Beam this is what whiskey used to taste like prior to prohibition. The Bourbon Gents sure wish we could get hold of a time machine! This really is excellent.
6 out of 10 - Mav
8 out of 10 – Mr. Pie