Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML
It would be much more appropriate to post a review of an Irish whiskey today, as today is St. Patrick’s Day, but alas I do not have an Irish review lined up. Oh well…
Anyway, a couple months ago, I posted the first link to this blog on my personal Facebook profile. My Uncle Chris asked me about my thoughts on Knob Creek, and I quickly told him I wasn’t a fan. Jokingly (at least I hope so!), he dismissed the rest of my authority on reviewing whiskey since I didn’t like his favorite bourbon.
I’ve decided to revisit the Single Barrel 9 Year Old and figure out once and for all where I stand with my uncle . . . I mean, Knob Creek!
The nose is harsh at a remarkable 60% ABV for a non-uncut/unfiltered (AKA cut/filtered) whiskey. Once past that, it does pretty well with a lot of corn being picked up. A lot of oak here, too, which is something I really like in the nose of a bourbon.
The taste is surprisingly smooth, and will clear your sinuses right up! Again, be aware that this is a bourbon bottled at 120 proof. The oak is still there, and to my tastes, the most dominating taste in Knob Creek.
The finish is long and spicy, leaving your tongue tingling for a bit.
Rating & Recommendations
Okay, so maybe I was a bit off about Knob Creek. Of course, I don’t have the regular expression (100 proof) to compare this to. I rate this stuff a solid 81 out of 100.
Drink it neat if you can manage the alcohol content, but a few drops of water can help tame the beast and make this stuff enjoyable.
As with my review of Ardbeg, first impressions aren’t always 100% accurate. Sometimes you have to give whiskey a couple tries before you make up your mind.