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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Knob Creek 9 Year Old
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.