Knob Creek is one of the 4 premium bourbons put out by Jim Beam. The others are Booker’s, Baker’s and Basil Hayden (which a longer aged Old Grand-Dad) and I’ll getting tackling them soon enough. Knob Creek takes it’s name from Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home in Kentucky and is quite a good bourbon. Maybe I’m just an old tyme romantic, but I also like the story they weave about it being created to represent a style of whiskey that existed before mass production and supposedly “embodies the look, feel and taste of pre-prohibition bourbon”. Which might be why it’s so damn good in pre-prohibition cocktails.
At nine years Knob Creek is aged for longer than a lot of Bourbon brands out there, but age isn’t everything. As true with whiskey as it is in life, age is just a number and it’s maturity that really matters. This is where Knob Creek steps to the plate and, for the most part delivers with taste and texture that can only come from a mature bourbon. Knob Creek may not be the most complex bourbon out there, but it’s a solid full bodied bourbon with classic flavors and a smooth finish that’s easy to drink. It’s delicious neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail and it’s robust flavor is why it’s one of the bourbons I like to keep on hand.
If you’ve tried Knob Creek I’d love to hear your thoughts or tasting notes in the comments below.
Knob Creek 9 Year Bourbon Review
Distiller: Knob Creek / Jim Beam
Very deep caramel with some red and orange facets
A classic bourbon nose of caramel with hints of vanilla. Some cinnamon notes and something a bit like a low grade maple syrup. Soft oak is accompanied by notes of something intriguingly vegetal. A hint of corn so light that I could just be imagining it.
Caramel comes rolling out of the glass and even though it’s a bit hidden some vanilla tumbles alongside of it. A slightly musty corn runs through the whole dram with some full bodied oak balancing it out. Plenty of bourbon spice and some notes of malt that help round out the whole palate.
For a 100 proof it’s rather easy to drink neat. It’s smooth and warming without a whole lot of burn. A little dry, but that comes with the 100 proof territory.
Caramel dominates the aftertaste and is followed up with some corn, grainy cherry like fruit and a solid woody underpinning.