Named after a little creek that runs just south of the distillery, the same creek that ran by Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home in Kentucky. OK, we got a bit carried away here.
1) Why is ‘Bourbon’ not a whisky? The Bourbon industry strict set of rules refer to manufacturing method rather than location. Most important rules: Bourbon must be matured in new and charred casks of American white oak. No colouring or flavouring of any type is allowed. It must be matured for at least 2 years, if a bottle does not bear an age, it is at least 4 years old. The mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
2) The temperatures of the American warehouses are much higher, so the pace of maturation is much quicker for Bourbons than for Scotch Whiskies.
3) Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Knob Creek 9 Year Old (the brand is owned by Jim Beam which was first introduced in 1795) is hand-bottled limited quantity Bourbon, created to represent whiskey before it was mass produced. That’s why it embodies the look, feel and taste of pre-prohibition Bourbon.
It is bottled at an honest 50% abv proof like all good Bourbons were a century ago. It is aged nine years in in charred American white oak, giving it the distinction of being aged the longest of the small batch Bourbons. This extra aging allows it to absorb more of the sugar and vanilla in the wood, giving it a slightly sweeter taste and nose.
This doesn't present as sweet on the nose as some bourbon, with more char and oak barrel up front then vanilla and pastries following. The palate is straightforward cake, dark fruit, timber and pepper all playing a role. Medium burn and drier, woodier finish than most bourbon. This is a very a respectable everyday pour, and one you could find in most bars.
Our standard, on the rocks.
Decent price for a strong and complex bourbon.
A lot of heat, but not flavor
High quality everyday bourbon. A great choice.
Not bad, definitely has a kick.
This has been my go-to for nearly 20 years. It is the base I judge other whiskeys against.
Old school rules......
My usually lower end go to bourbon, every day sipper.
A good introduction to the flavors of good drinking. Easy to find, easy on the wallet easy on the tongue.
Like it, but not top's on my list.
Can be a bit harsh neat due to the high % alc. However, very smooth with ice and great in old fashioneds or a splash of mixer.
I have picked up this from time to time when on sale and its a quality bourbon. Just not something I seek out when buying.
I enjoy drinking this neat when I want something assertive. Full bodied with burnt notes and sweet finish.
A little too spicy as neat for me, however my go to for Old Fashions.
it's good, but there are others in the same price range I like much more. I would choose Basil Hayden or Buffalo Trace first.
One of my favorite sipping bourbons. Toasted nut and oak nose. Full bodied with sweet, but not too sweet, caramel and fruit flavor.
Not my favorite over powers anything you mix with it good if you want to get wasted really quick but want a horrible hang over
When you want more than a maker's mark, this is a good choice.
a regular go to! smooth. a little oaky, a little sweet.
This is a very big bourbon! Fills the mouth with a punch of hot and spice. Not as smooth for me as other reviews mention, but still as tasty and satisfying. Drank this out of a cairns glass straight out of the bottle and also letting it sit with a couple drops of water. I'd say this would be great with a large chunk of ice in a tumbler for me. I'll come back to this perhaps when I'm in a better mood and see if anything changes haha
Great smooth taste
One of my favorite full proofs out there.
A bit on the spicy end for me, but it will always have its place in my bar.
Second favorite so far. Nice balance
Real nice , enjoyed it over ice with a lime twist
I’ll buy this one again
Strong and warm. Good over ice or chilled rocks.
This is my favorite everyday Bourbon. Makes a great Old Fashioned or Mint Julep.
This is my favorite drink! Old fashions, on the rocks, or neat. Never disappoints!
Nice smooth bourbon. Robust flavor and sweet finish.
Very good quality product. Nice sweet , enjoyable bourbon. Can't go wrong buying this bottle.
Perfect to satisfy your whiskey craving
Nice bourbon, strong with sweet flavor
Nice everyday drink.
One of my favorite everyday sippers. 100 proof and delicious. Great notes of caramel, corn sweetness, and oak. A slight bit of that Beam nuttiness.
intenste flavour almost harsh and hits in the mouth
The caramel is strong. Smooth finish
Stronger than expected, rough end. Blossoms when water is added
The 100 proof small batch is Very smooth and enjoyable. Couldn’t find that specifically on here so the may not be the exact same. If not I look forward to exploring the brand more.
My very favorite bourbon. I never mix it, always neat or on the rocks. Spicy in a good way with caramel. Love this stuff.
Very flavorful but not as smooth as Four Roses
My go to everyday sipper
My go to. Love this stuff.
I can't lie, I'm not a huge fan of this Bourbon... I found that the flavors were far too powerful to enjoy neat or on the rocks. I'll probably find something to mix it with.
Very good, oakey, carmel
Really nice from start to finish. Good mouthfeel and a little burn.
This was my very first sip of whiskey and will always have a special place in my heart.
This is my favorite bourbon. I did a blind taste test with 4 other bourbons in similar price range and chose this as my favorite twice.
Lots of alcohol, spice, and caramel. A great all around bourbon. And a wonderful bourbon for Manhattans.
best of the best. Smooth
A bit more biting, more spicy, great warmer upper.
Color is a dark amber. Nose is moderately sweet, with nutty undertones, as well as maple syrup. First sip is sweet, with notes of maple syrup, rye spice, mild heat, and subtle nutty tones. Finish is moderate in length, with the maple sweetness and rye spice mingling.
Good bourbon. A little too strong on the burn a little too spicy on the finish to drink neat.
Aroma: burnt sugar sweetness, tinge of rubbing alcohol. Taste: spicy, hint of sweet, woody, hints of spices.
Overall great porch sipper or mixer!
My go to bourbon
Really reliable smooth bourbon.
My regular go to. I love a flavorful cigar an this is a great match for most.
My cabinet is never without a bottle.
Classic bourbon, straight down the middle flavor-wise.
sweet at first but astringent after taste. not pleasant.
Very smooth. Good flavor.
It is an outstanding, balanced, Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a rich & spicy birth; while a full & spicy life leads to a long & oily death with notes of char, cocoa, vanilla & brown butter.
Hard to beat
Good sipping whisky. Has a kick in the beginning but smooths out.
Tons of vanilla and caramel.
Very good not hot for 100 proof
This is a good burbon, but nothing special. Typical middle shelf that is easy to sip and doesn't bite back.
A great after dinner sipper whereby the proof fits seemlessly with a well worked pallet. As an early afternoon imbibing I find it a little light in classic flavors but the added heat carries it nicely neat or with a little ice. This is a nice drink for friends when you want it to taste better than average but you don’t want to open your Blanton’s or Eagle Creek.
Solid. I drink whiskey neat or just a hint of water and this is a solid go to everyday sipper. It is strong, but I like the strength. Wish it still had the age statement.
Not my favorite but suits in a pinch.
Had it neat and wow, what a kick. Spicy. Definitely needed Ice
I rather enjoyed Knob Creek neat. Very tasty but it is strong so be wary. It's not for beginners.
interesting bottle. A little too strong neat, but enjoyed on the rocks. Very sweet and a little smokey. I prefer Jim Beam, but it’s solid in cocktails like an old-fashioned or a horse’s neck
Knob Creek is a first choice for a mixed drink.
Good flavor and smooth it makes a great old fashion I will keep a bottle in the home bar.
Wonderful in a whisky sour. A bit harsh of a flavor profile to drink straight, but the strong flavors can be harnessed properly when mixed. Solid mixing bourbon.
Nice aroma with vanilla being very prominent but the taste was too spicy it hid other flavors so had a hard time enjoying this one.
Pretty darn good!
Good solid bourbon, burn is a little stronger than expected for ABV, feels more like a cask strength.
Great flavor! Smooth. This is my go-to drink most of the time.
Very nice, especially for the price!
My go to
Love it, Smokey, Full bodied with a real nice finish.
Needs an ice cube
Smooth sipping, Must always have a bottle on hand for the home bar
my favorite bourbon overall so far. smooth and easy-drinking for the price-point.
This is what got me in to whiskey, smooth. It's what I base all Bourbons off.
great drink. the 120 is harsh and needs to be cut.
It was very smooth
Get the spice immediately, but not a lot of burn to follow. Very smooth, sweet.
One of the best values out there.
I loved it very smooth and creamy I could slowly taste each ingredient .......
Not bad. Bit smoky, fairly sweet. But hard burn.
One of my favorites
Like it, second favorite
Lot of spice and good proof for a daily dram.
Sweet and smokie. Almost too strong, but not uncomfortable to drink.
Good sipper. Better than the bottom shelf stuff but nothing that will blow you away.
Pretty smooth, good for the price.
smell is good strong oak. Sips heavy bite with oak/smoke/vanilla. My all time favorite go to.
Nice aroma. Good taste with a little bite. Smooth finish.
It’s my go to bourbon, like that it’s cheap. But doesn’t taste cheap. I never get tired of knob.
I've always enjoyed Knob Creek 9 year. It has a solid flavor that I enjoy. I always drink it straight up however, tonight I decided to add a splash of water. I think it did help bring out some flavors.
Great taste for the dollar
Good bourbon, but nothing special. Much prefer the rye
One of my new favorites! Very smooth!
My wife and i love it!
Just tasted like burnt caramel
Too hot and smokey
The burnt caramel takes a front seat in this. Almost tastes as if the corn took a bit too much heat. A light nose, no bitterness. This bourbon is slightly redeemed by the fruity and sweet flavors that emerge on the palate. Would sip on if given for free, maybe even at a happy hour price, but would not buy a bottle, especially at a $40 price point. Definitely tastes of a $20-$30 bottle.
Sweeter and smoother than most bourbons. It beats my previous favorite Bulleit 10 year by a nose.
Spicier earthier bourbon
Sweet carmel aroma. Starts sweet then you get the bite and slight bit of smoke.
Knob Creek is my go-to bottle right now. I prefer it to Jack or any of the other mainstream Bourbons
Massive notes of vanilla and caramel on the nose. Flavors pack a big wallop of vanilla, molasses, and spice. Long, warm finish. Punchy and assertive, there's nothing subtle about this, but it's great fun- a very 'elemental' Bourbon.
Nice spicy/sweet flavor with a lasting warmth
good value for the aging profile and taste
This is my go to bourbon of choice. I like the sweet and bold flavor
Very solid bourbon. In my humble opinion, it needs a little ice to round of some sharp edges.
Was good drink. Liked it a lot ..
Knob creek was excellent. Smooth flavor. Will purchase again. Enjoyed very much.
a bit strong for my taste.
Been drinking this since last summer and it just keeps getting better. This is my go-to when I want a drink.
This bourbon ranks high on my list of favorite thus tasted. I'm reserving spot "10" for a bourbon that goes beyond anything I've ever had. I had already tried this Knob Creek and knew I liked it. I also like adding one Bada Bing dark cherry!
Anyone bought a bottle lately? Still have the age statement?
The oak and maple really shine through. Smooth drink. Good choice for weekly drink or two.
Best priced and flavored bourbon! Neat or with splash of ginger ale
Great flavor with a little bite, great with an ice cube or two.
It's warm, but smooth. Easy to drink.
Not bad but you could do a little better for flavor in this price point
Great all around for the price!
Nice with a bit of a kick
Good whiskey, does have a bite
Love it great Bourbon, especially for the cost!!
Vanilla flavors and the smooth long finish.
Don't like it. Surely a well made Bourbon, but I don't quite like the taste.
Vanilla and toffee. Lingering finish bit strong with the alcohol taste.
Not much bite but the flavor doesn't do much for it.
Good, solid bourbon
This is my usual standby when I don't know what else to get, love it!!
Decent bottle if you don't want to drink the expensive whisky. Mildly smooth
My favorite of all bourbons. Love the bite
Most favorite bourbon. My go to.
I really enjoy the sweet start, the finish is one of my absolute favorites .
This is 120 proof, but as smooth as an 80 proof.
Not in my taste profile.
Smooth please keep them coming.
Very nice, a bit spicy, but good...
Smooth and delicious
Great tasting profile with a smooth nutty finish
I would order it again.
Smooth drinking, full bodied, complex in palette, temperature changes the prominent flavor; a bourbon well worth the buy whether you're an enthusiast or expert.