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Published on May 26th, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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