Published on May 26th, 2015 | by Greg0
Knob Creek Bourbon: Nine Years, Just Right
‘Small batch’. It’s a phrase that’s come into vogue, and you’ve probably heard it in reference to everything from maple syrup to clothing. But the most common usage is probably with spirits, and though it has no official definition, the term basically means a selected limited number of barrels that are mixed and combined into each bottle. Bourbon does have some legal requirements, as it must be made in the United States, at least 51% corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, and generally produced in Kentucky. And straight bourbon, like the one we’re looking at today, must be aged at least two years.
But Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey goes way further, spending at least nine years getting better before making it’s way into your glass. The brand is named after a little creek that runs south of the distillery, the same one that ran by Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home. Now part of the Beam Suntory family of spirits, it’s the oldest of their group of small batch spirits which includes Booker’s, Baker’s, and Basil Hayden’s. Fully 100 proof, the bottle is a classic with a rectangular shape and wax seal.
Knob Creek is an easy-to-sip, ideal straight or with a cube of ice or two, and makes for a very solid and full-bodied cocktail. It’s lighter and fruitier than most whiskeys, smoother caramel rather than the strong burn of a single malt, less smoke and more nuttiness than some other Americans. There’s some vanilla and very nice, long finish that is the mark of a well-crafted and balanced glass. Add just a hint of citrus and you’ve got the perfect bourbon for an Old Fashioned. Available widely, expect to spend around $30 for 750 mL.