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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review


I am taking a break from the beers tonight and enjoying a bottle of Knob Creek...well not the whole bottle, but perhaps a large portion of it. I have been eying Knob Creek for some time now and the moment it became an Air Miles special, bringing an extra 15, I jumped at the opportunity and got a bottle.

I don't know where to start with this. The bottles at the local LCBO stores cost $45.95 and come in only 750 mL. Just like Maker's Mark, the tip is sealed with wax, but once you remove the wax you will find that the cap is plain old cork, which comes out every time with a satisfying pop.

The bourbon is golden amber in color and very oily-looking from the swirl of the glass. It coats the inside of the glass with slow tears forming and rolling back into the contents of the glass. The bourbon has a very sweet, very rich and warm toffee-like aroma with some hints of vanilla. It feels oily as it coats the mouth and the 50% strength really hits your hard, leaving the tongue slightly numb. The taste is rich with a warm, long lasting finish. Subtle smokey tone and a touch of oak add...no, enhance the bourbon and make it an enjoyable slow sipper. Yeah, I drink it slow, because it is somewhat rough going down due to its high alcohol content. If you can get past that, you will be rewarded with a long lasting, rich finish. Your call.

Unfortunately I do not have the neccessary ingredients to make myself a Manhattan or try Knob Creek in another cocktail. I might revisit this review in the near future once I acquire everything that is needed.

Scores:
Cost - $45.95 for a 750 mL bottle from LCBO
Taste - 8.8/10

Overall - 8.8/10...high alcohol content with an amazing, long lasting finish

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