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Knob Creek is a small batch bourbon produced by Jim Beam, distilled in a more traditional style and aged 9 nine years. It is named for the area in Kentucky where Abraham Lincoln grew up, it is said that the creek nearly claimed his life when he was swimming.
The nose is quite spicy and sweet. There are notes of melted salty butter on granary toast, there are notes of toasty oak and a touch of rye with caramel sweetness. The palate is quite peppy and full. There are notes of candy floss and nut oil, a touch of spice and dark chocolate, a little spice and charred oak. The finish is long with a touch of dryness, there are notes of nut oils and vanilla spice.
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This is bourbon with no apologies. It has everything real bourbon should have, without the ridiculous price of more pretentious brands. Although it is a terrific sipping whiskey, it is best enjoyed with ice or a small splash of water. The slight dilution unlocks the true complexity of the sweet, smokey, caramel flavors, and enhances the silky mouth of this beautiful spirit.Not probably a bourbon for beginners, as the strong proof and somewhat concentrated flavors may be too much for those used to typical 80 proof "popular" whiskies. For the real bourbon lover, however, this is the best dollar for dollar value in high end bourbon.
5th February 2017
I managed to score a bottle of the Knob Creek 9yo Small Batch really cheap (about £14) at a duty-free shop in Asia. A total steal as I had been looking to buy this very label (most shops there were charging £20-22). I thought it was a touch overwhelming neat (no surprise there at this ABV), but with just a little bit of water and a few minutes in the glass, it developed a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel and a very enjoyable flavour profile that contained all the elements you'd expect in an aged Bourbon: oak, caramel, baking spices. The finish is superb, and although drinking this wasn't like a religious experience or anything, it's a solid 100-proof offering, and I'd happily buy it again, even at a higher price.In all truth, appreciating high-ABV spirits is an acquired taste. I'd never give a cask strength Scotch to a newbie, for example, and neither would I pour the Knob Creek. Perhaps those who left such dire reviews would be well-served to try this Bourbon more than one time. The appreciation does grow, believe me. And if after 4-5 proper tastings, you still don't like it, then that's of course fine -- taste is purely subjective.
16th January 2017
I noticed that the regular bottles of Small Batch no longer say "aged nine years". I'm wondering if that's still the case?
5th January 2017
I agree with the other negative reviews here - this is not in my top 10 bourbons in the $30 price range. It has the bitter after taste reminiscent of Jim Beam White Label. It's harsh neat or with a cube of ice. It lacks flavor and character all together. For $30 a bottle, I'll take Woodford Reserve, Bulleit, or Maker's Mark over Knob Creek any day. It's a well liquor with higher alcohol content.
20th November 2016
From the first smell to tasting this truly wonderful Bourbon. It really has a kick which you would expect from a 1oo proof 50% Bourbon . Only bought it as an "extra" as duty free and wish I had taken my quota totally with this .
13th November 2016
At $40 Canadian it is a great deal
5th November 2016
If you a are a real whiskey drinker you will like this. The ones who left bad reviews are stupid or it's their first shot of whiskey. Some people actually said it's too strong and taste like alcohol. Lol no shit read the bottle. 100 proof .50% it's gonna taste like alchemy stick to your wine coolers. This has wonderful aromas that continue to enhanace and change while sipping. Lots of vanilla, Caramel, with a burn like red hots cinnamon, brown sugar, pepper. For the price it is turkey a quality whiskey. The 120 proof is even better. If you like high alcohol content. Add a few drops of water and drink straight. Enjoy!
26th October 2016
Two fingers/1 ice cube. Vanilla, caramel and a little nutty without being too sweet. Plenty of oak and a little bit of black pepper to give it some balls. Knob Creek was my intro into premium Bourbon many years ago and it was everything I was looking for in a sipping whiskey. I've sampled many out there. I've recently been tasting several of the wheated bourbons, and there are several good ones out there, they are smooth and sweet, but when I come back to the Knob Creek I know why I love bourbon, it's just a different experience. But to say it was so bad that you dumped it down the drain? Someone should be drinking Cosmos! Cheers!
15th October 2016
I tried it both straight & on ice. I completely enjoyed both drinks. I then looked it up on the net and found that Jim Beam produced this. That made sense to me because I love Jim Beam Extra Aged & Signature Craft. This drink is now going in my personal bar. "Cheers if you can!"
17th August 2016
i usually sip single malts and probably will continue but when i am looking for that difference in flavor while not losing the smoothness and intensity, then this whiskey will be at hand.
23rd June 2016
First experience of whiskey in more than two decades on advice from a true whiskey drinker. Here are my notes: Soft; Sweet; Rich; Orange on the tongue, but lemon on the nose; Woody; Spicy; Caramel prevalent; a bit peppery, but very likely to be just the alcohol, although not warm. Would I have this as my only alcohol on a deserted island for a year? Yeah, okay. So good for everyday, but likely there is better out there.
20th February 2016
This is my go to bourbon. I love taking it along on long winter hunting trips or up to the cabin after a day of skiing. Smooth but with good burn at the end. A fine whiskey indeed!
20th January 2016
Amazingly smooth for 9 years. Priced right. Good everyday sipper.
24th December 2015
As the granddaughter of a Kentucky whiskey maker, only a few bourbons appeal to me. This one has a sweet, caramel nose with warmth and a slight smokiness. The flavor is at once sweet and warm. I find it perfect for sipping over a single ice cube in the winter. After the initial sip, the spiciness comes through strong with cinnamon and more than a hint of pepper. I have tried many fine whiskey bourbons and this is the one I come back to again and again. I would also mention that I am too old to be a snob and price is not what makes a grand bourbon, taste is!
8th December 2015
Deliciously full and rich bourbon. Not too sweet with hints of smoke and rye. Very good. Will put hair on ya.
6th December 2015
9th November 2015
i am very disappointed to buy a bottle, and to discover that the cork is now in plastic. I couldn't believe it. what is that, now ? you have a perfect product, 9 years old, and you try to save money with the cork ! sorry but it's not in equivalence with the product, completely fault, I am used to buy this product in america, and I can't closed my mouth and just let go, it's a pity,, for me you get no point on this matter.
9th August 2015
Best bourbon in its price range. Spicy, punchy, but absolutely delicious. you can taste the 100 proof and 50%, but with ice is perfect. I read through their website as I was enjoying a glass just now, and its a great story to match a great bourbon. And hey, if its good enough for Hank Schrader it is good enough for me!
5th August 2015
I know nothing of bourbons or any other sort of whiskey. Came across this while browsing the liquor section at a local shop and bought it. Home, and I'm ready to try it out. It's excellent on its own (neat), or with some ice. Found a recipe online for Old Fashioned and made that, it's still pretty damn good. I would recommend Knob Creek to non-whiskey drinkers, it does the job really well.
5th May 2015
I see some bad reviews for this whiskey. For the price, I love it, but I paid 19.98! I just wonder how to drink it? At 100 proof, it seems a little stiff to be a sipping bourbon. How do people drink this? I gotta put a bunch of ice in it.
17th April 2015
17th January 2015
Knob Creek 9 year old was rated very high on one site I looked at and I decided to pick up a bottle. The aroma of spice and cigar boxes is my favorite of all the bourbon's I have tried so far. The taste however was a big let down. The higher alcohol percentage brings on a lot of spice and it hits pretty hard. The finish was lackluster and I found it to leave a bitter aftertaste. I gave this bourbon a chance, but the more I had it the more I picked up on a strong flavor of alcohol. I wont be buying Knob Creek ever again.
14th January 2015
Seemed like a very good bourbon the first bottle I received as a gift, but not memorable. Later, received another bottle and found my appreciation grew. Bought the third and fourth. Presently my favorite, by far. Strong flavor with complex character, many interesting changes between the attention getting beginning and the most satisfying finish ever.
23rd November 2014
While the bourbon is obviously quality, the taste just isn't there for me. It has a harsh mouth feel, a strong burn, and no overtones other than from the "burnt barrel".I've tried it with neat, with a little water, on the rocks and nothing helps. I like lots of different whiskies (Scotch and Bourbon) but I'd rank this one as equal to or less than regular old Jack Daniels (Black) or Jim Beam and definitely not worth the extra price. A real disappointment. I wish you could get your money back on whiskey.
14th November 2014
Purchased a bottle of this in honor of my 27th birthday. This was supposed to be my birthday drink. Upon first encounter with nose, very disgusting. Nothing special. I threw the remaining 3/4ths dowwn the sink and enjoyed something crappy that turned out better than this!
26th October 2014
While I love some of the scots and ires for their flavuors and complexity, I keep coming back to this one for its simplicity. Yes I'm obviously American (formerly), but to be noted I can't stand most typical American varieties and my only other 10/10 on this site is the Laphroaig QC which is completely different. This one stands out with its caramel goodness with a perfectly balanced kick of heat. The single-barrel reserve takes it up a notch even farther if you can find it.
28th April 2014
It is fairly light in color, golden and welcoming.The nose has a strong alcohol presence; there are sugary notes, strong oak presence and spice.the oak notes blend nicely with the scent of vanilla and caramel. Light scent of old oak and must. The taste comes off sugary at first but quickly makes it’s spicy, oaky notes known. Butter and oak come through with a sugary sweet taste that feels dry and lingers through the finish - BeerandWhiskeyHQ
20th January 2014
I was given a bottle as a gift and it's fantastic, best bourbon I've had so far. Struggling to find somewhere to buy it at a good price.
24th November 2013
Knob Creek is the first whiskey I ever tasted - snuck some from Dad's liquor cabinet when I was sixteen. So, it holds a special place in my heart. Like the state of Kentucky where it's from, it's got a little bit of everything: sweet, savory, toasty, nutty, spicy, it's all there. It really sings at the back of your throat as it goes down, and I like to gradually add water as I drink it, to open up different layers of flavor. A lovely nightcap and a great bargain too!
12th August 2013
Bought this for my dad for Father's day after the name drew a chuckle or two from my little sister a while back. It arrived at 7:30 the day after I had ordered it which was fantastic. It is a very impressive bourbon and my dad was thoroughly impressed. No chuckling while he was drinking it but at 50% ABV it did have him chuckling once he'd finished :) Recommended
19th June 2013
Great all rounder bourbon. Great nose, thick taste and a smooth finish. Only the slightest bite despite the 50%ABV. Highly recommended.
7th March 2013
Please get rid of that stupid whisky or whiskey? thing on the side of the page.
6th March 2013
Knob creek has just a great nose, like any solid bourbon. Sweet and rich dream dram... Let it sit. Drink it slow. Think Kentucky chew.By the way, if anyone from Master of Malt is seeing this, I must bring something urgent and alarming to your attention, and I will email you later as well: it looks to me like there is a possibility that Bookers bourbon is not available on this website. not that I'm knocking Knob Creek, which is absolutely fabulous, but if you r in Europe and you have not tried bookers bourbon get it as soon as possible and definitely get it if you come to the States. It is a high percentage barrel strength bourbon aged 6-8 years that is buttery and maple sweet.
26th November 2012
I haven't cared much for the bourbons I've tried--except for this one. It's smooth, but the flavor didn't set in at first for me. Later, the effect of the rye kicked in and added a pleasant, spicy after taste. This has been one of the more enjoyable whiskeys I've tried so far. Karl
26th September 2012
Big, sweet and lots of muscle. Easy to drink with real character. Top shelf stuff!
9th September 2012
very good taste.. try it!
21st April 2012
for the price very nice true to it roots. sweet with nice rye balance. Of course there are better but for the price, you can not go wrong.
2nd March 2012
Just the way I like it.
18th January 2012
I like this big bourbon. A lot going on. I would like it even more if the oak was toned down slightly.
17th December 2011
As posted above, this is also my favorit bourbon. A truly smooth, sweet, and full bourbon, this is my all-time go-to.
30th March 2011
Really is my favourite bourbon. Rich, smooth, and the vanilla finish is absolutely sublime. I'll stick with this for years to come.
8th January 2011