Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon

(0.75l, 45%)


7.5/10
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$30.99
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Knob Creek is a special small batch brand of Beam-Suntory. It's tailored — along with its sister labels Booker’s, Baker’s, and Basil Hayden’s — to the more discriminating Bourbon lover. You.

It’s 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. The brand was launched in 1992 and hasn't changed much since, besides adding additional products to the lineup, all of which are multiple award-winning expressions. Champions.

Knob Creek Smoked Maple takes their celebrated flagship Bourbon and infuses it with maple and smoke gusto. Like the original, but with a bit less bite and a bit more gentleness. Rounder edges.

Some of you are probably rolling their eyes right now. Added flavor? Bear with us. The Smoked Maple is the perfect gateway to the world of Whiskies and an awesome mixer. If you’re convinced Bourbon should only taste like Bourbon, this is a great chance for you to broaden your horizons. Think of it as Bourbon with added value. A bonus.

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maple syrup
smoky
caramel
slightly sweet
cinnamon
spicy notes
pepper
vanilla
syrup
What does Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Copper to medium amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Maple, vanilla and caramel.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Pepper, toffee with spicy notes of cinnamon.

Finish
Smoky, smooth and slightly sweet.
Ratings & Reviews
Tyson
Tyson,
Stout, flavorful
 
Justin
Justin,
Sweet, duh! Good mixer, dessert bourbon.
 
John
John,
Suoer taste, great as a sipper or in mixed drinks, like an Old Fashion!
 
Lynsey
Lynsey,
Too sweet
 
George
George,
Nice maple flavor. Perfect for Old Fashioned
 
Josh
Josh,
Smoke and Maple. Sweet, but a little savory. Favorite Bourbon ever? Maybe
 
Constantine
Constantine,
My sister had a taste of the first bottle I got & fell in love with it. This was her birthday present.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Great in a classic old fashioned! The lingering smoky taste is wonderful, although the maple flavor is a little to strong to drink neat
 
Anthony
Anthony,
One of my favorite bourbons, it is very sweet but I love that, great on the rocks or in old fashioneds
 
Albert
Albert,
Great maple taste with an easy finish
 
Kent
Kent,
It's a pretty good middle-of-the-road bourbon but way too sweet straight on the rocks. As an ingredient or in addition to coffee it's quite wonderful but other than that it's the equivalent of drinking Dip Stick sugar candy after adding additional sugar.
 
Carl
Carl,
Super smooth. Just a little heavy on the maple. Both aroma and flavor linger long after the glass has been emptied. But it’s very flavorful and easy drinking.
 
John
John,
Great sipper!!! Also makes an unusually fantastic Bourbon Old Fashion!
 
JUAN
JUAN,
Very flavorful with a hint of maple to sweet the palate. Great sip and it easily compliments a mild to medium bodied cigar. Enjoy!
 
Tyler
Tyler,
This bottle lives up to its labeling; the maple is strong and borders on being overwhelming. This one is a bit too sweet for my taste, but on ice and in small doses it becomes less syrupy and more enjoyable. I suspect it would go well with a dinner of pancakes or waffles.
 
Michael
Michael,
very strong maple on the nose, as soon as it hits your lips you get the sweetness a little too sweet for my liking.. but very smooth. Maple and light Smoke on the palate with a light burn that lasts throughout the Finish. It's like pancakes and syrup but done in a classy way.. could definitely be a sipper for someone that likes sweet on the rocks. I wouldn't buy it again but I'll offer it to company :-)
 
David
David,
Excellent maple flavor.
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Sweet smoky goodness
 
Constantine
Constantine,
Love the flavor & warmth. I'll get it again.
 
Constantine
Constantine,
Just received my second bottle & I'll order more
 
Justin
Justin,
Too sweet to drink on its own, good for cocktails
 
guest
guest,
Very sweet after trying knob creek straight bourbon. Smooth flavor.
 
Constantine
Constantine,
I loved it. I'll certainly order it again & often.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Way too sweet. Tastes more like maple syrup than bourbon.
Dave
Dave,
I thought the same thing when I first had it, but I found that if you hold it in your mouth more and just let it absorb the smokiness comes out. I never drink my bourbon with ice or anything like that but it definitely is better after a nice meal.
Constantine
Constantine,
Quite flavorful and smooth. Even my sister likes it too.
 
Melissa
Melissa,
It is an excellent after dinner dessert drink. But it excels when used to flavor your whipped cream for pumpkin or apple pie. It's not for a straight up bourbon drink but rather for a sweet dessert on the rocks or as an autumnal mixer.
 
Peteris
Peteris,
Tastes like maple syrup, to the point of overpowering the whiskey taste. It's OK in mixed drinks with something to balance out the sweetness, but by itself is not good at all
 
Doug
Doug,
Way too sweet. Tastes more like maple syrup than bourbon.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
One of the best flavored bourbons I've ever had. It has the perfect maple finish, not overly sweet just enough.
 
guest
guest,
Loved it!! Nice smooth sweet and smoky flavor. Amazing maple syrup aroma. I also love the nice spice throughout the flavor profile.
 
Dale
Dale,
Super sweet. I've had maple finished whiskey before (Collinwood) but can't seem to find it anywhere anymore so I tried this. Way to sweet for my taste.
 
Mike
Mike,
Sweet but smooth maple flavor. By far my favorite I've had, whether neat or on ice.
 
james
james,
it got a four-star just because it’s smooth and easy to drink but it has way to much maple flavor for me it’s very overpowering. it might work in a mixed drink.
 
LYDELL
LYDELL,
Flawless to me. Great flavor that can still be blended well in many drinks with a great price point.
 
Todd
Todd,
The flavor of the smoky maple makes this a perfect after dinner sipper on the rocks. Considering it for an evening coffee drink next get together with friends once the world returns to somewhat normal.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
I don't have much of a sweet tooth at all, and this is extremely sweet. I found that if I skipped dessert and had a bit on the rocks, I almost enjoyed it. If you like it really sweet, it has some interesting flavors and I'll recommend it to some friends who like this sort of thing, but I won't buy another bottle.
 
Mike
Mike,
It is a little sweet, but it does make a great drink when your looking for something a little sweet. Its also a great way to meet, or have a conversation with others who dont usually like bourbon. I love it.
 
guest
guest,
Overly sweet, totally ruined any bourbon flavor
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Knob Creek is my favorite brand of bourbon thus far, I am excited to try others. I am a fan of maple flavors.
 
guest
guest,
STRONG Maple!!!! Good for mixing, or sipping if you like it REALLY SWEET!
 
Joe
Joe,
Too much maple-syrup sweetness for me. Almost sticky-sweet mouthfeel.
 
Wyatt
Wyatt,
The maple scent follows through well upon tasting. Works well for an Old Fashioned.
 
James
James,
Received as a gift. The maple was just too much for me.
 
guest
guest,
Favorite over ice
 
guest
guest,
Not my taste
 
Daniel
Daniel,
I love it! Maple notes from beginning to end. Price is great too.
 
Ray
Ray,
Very sweet, lots of maple and vanilla with light smoke and spice on the finish. Much sweeter than I normally prefer but will be good in mixed drinks.
 
Kian
Kian,
Too sweet, good for mixed drinks
 
Walter
Walter,
Great! Strong good maple taste
 
Jay
Jay,
The maple stays out as a pleasant partner to the smoked bourbon and finishes with a sweet and only slightly syrupy taste. The aroma suggests that you should serve with a stack of pancakes. All said this is a very pleasant bourbon that I will buy again.
 
Craig
Craig,
Fantastic all the way through. If you are expecting a straight bourbon, the sweetness will surprise you...but the high proof cuts that down paired with the smokey flavor makes this one a definite keeper in my homebar !!! The sweet maple (I am from Maine) flavor is like a blanket for your tongue on a cold night. I have been mixing my own maple syrup with vodka for years and now I have gone one step further with this delicious nectar of the trees!!! Full on 10 all the way...I could drink this all night long.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Good sweet drink m, light and easy.
 
guest
guest,
Strong maple flavor, tastes like you’re drinking a pancake. Very sweet. Would be perfect on the rocks while sitting around a fire. For casual sipping on a regular basis though, not recommended.
 
Melisa
Melisa,
This may be overly sweet for some people, but I love the smoke and the maple, making it a perfect sit back and enjoy the soft burn in the evenings.
 
Scott
Scott,
A great desert whiskey as it is a bit sweet.
 
Cindy
Cindy,
Wonderful maple flavor!
 
Keagan
Keagan,
Good, it’s almost to much maple for me though. Flavored whiskeys just aren’t my thing, but this isn’t bad if you mixed it with a Soda or have it on ice.
 
James
James,
I found this to be unbearably sweet. So much so that I was searching the label high and low to find the "added sugar" content.
 
Jerry
Jerry,
Fantastic. I’d give it a 10 but it’s so sweet.....
 
guest
guest,
Honestly great for the price. Very sweet but smokiness helps to balance
 
guest
guest,
Very sweet.
 
Jeremiah
Jeremiah,
Love the smoked maple in this whiskey! I want to put it on my pancakes! Very dangerous drink cause I can sip this all day long!
 
Thomas
Thomas,
I thought this was very good, definitely different. It does have a strong maple flavoring which makes it unique. Try it, won't be dissapointed
 
Brian
Brian,
Now, hear me out first. If you want a straight up drink with this, it’s gonna be sweet and different. However, I view this particular Knob as a mixer. I actually flambéed sausages with this and it was PHENOMENAL. Mix it in with a drink for sweetness and strength. 45% ABV is nothing to scoff at, it’s just very sweet and while it tastes good on it’s own, too much will make you understand what buddy the elf probably thinks of maple syrup lol
 
Athanasios
Athanasios,
Makes a really smooth old fashioned, but is super sweet. Doesn't taste enough like bourbon for me to sip straight.
 
Chad
Chad,
My in-laws liked it, I did not. I tried this knowing I did not like regular Knob Creek, but wanted to try it anyway.
 
guest
guest,
A bit sweet. Definitely good on a winters night. Need bacon or something salty and fatty to balance this whiskey. Good to share with friends.
 
Colin
Colin,
The maple is both strong enough to evoke memories of the syrup I put on pancakes as a kid and faint enough to not overpower the rest of the whiskey.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Slightly too sweet, but still tastey. Better with a few ice cubes.
 
Stuart
Stuart,
The taste was unforgettable! It was so smooth and delicious. Great bourbon andI will be buying more.
 
Lucas
Lucas,
Not a bad drink. Really strong syrup with a bit of a bite at the end. Not really for me. I was hoping for more of a smokiness
 
Adam
Adam,
Strong maple notes, but not overpowering. Just the right amount of maple flavor. Much stronger on the nose then the taste.
 
arne
arne,
wow, that’s a lot of maple. didn’t even mind that too much but it’s almost syrup sweet. not my thing
 
Donald
Donald,
Not a whiskey I’d drink straight. Might be good for someone who doesn’t like the “alcohol” taste most sipping whiskeys have. Also might work well as a mixer.
 
Evan
Evan,
Sweet syrupy taste is overpowering. Not my favorite, NK is much better without the flavoring.
 
Justin
Justin,
Tasty. Sweet, but not too much like syrup. Goes great in a cocktail or watered down on the rocks. Great for those who like sweet whiskey.
 
james
james,
Too sweeat
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Love the sweet and smokey notes offset with the slight spice and cinnamon.
 
Scott
Scott,
This stuff is amazing.
 
David
David,
I would not put this on pancakes.
 
Charles
Charles,
Very, very good. But almost a little too sweet -
 
Rachelle
Rachelle,
Very good in a vanilla shake!
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Wish I could give it more stars. Great maple flavor, very smooth, clean finish
 
Galen
Galen,
Very sweet with a little bit of bite at the end. High maple flavor with a pleasant Smokey aftertaste. Would recommend for those with a sweet tooth.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Way too sweet, too much maple.
 
Megan
Megan,
I'm a sucker for maple, I just love it! This is really sweet, though. I can have very little of this on the rocks, but it makes a great breakfast style old fashioned!
 
James
James,
A little too much maple
 
Gwyn
Gwyn,
I love the smokey flavor.
 
Brett
Brett,
Too much maple flavor.
 
Steve
Steve,
It wasn't what I expected. This has more a liqueur quality: thick, sweet, and in this case maple-y. It does have a nice trace of smoke to it, like a campfire, but it's not overpowering. Once you accept the sweetness, it's very nice as an after dinner drink, or just when you want some sweet, slightly smoky, maple syrup heat.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Initially, I really enjoyed the smokey maple flavor. However, the maple flavor becomes overwhelming after a few sips and almost tastes like straight maple syrup.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
I am a sucker for anything maple. So, when I tried this, I was not disappointed. For the bourbon purists out there, this is not your whiskey. But, I really love this bourbon as it is smooth and very strong in the maple category. As commented, great straight up, on the rocks, or in an Old Fashioned.
 
Matt
Matt,
Nice smooth with just the right amount of smoke/maple to let you know it's there. I'm don't drink much bourbon, but enjoyed this. Can't wait to share some with my friends to see what they think.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
The best maple whiskey. The smoked part is the best because it makes this whiskey not over sweet!! Love it.
 
guest
guest,
Good stuff
 
Jason
Jason,
I know it is flavored but sometimes we all have guilty pleasures. Goes rather nicely while sitting around a campfire.
 
John
John,
This is my favorite Bourbon, on the rocks or an old fashion
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Definitely for when I'm in the mood for something sweet and don't want to make an old fashioned. Maple is prominent on the nose and palate. Smoke not as much, but I believe that's probably a good thing. Not a liqueur as it's a full proof bourbon.
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Too much maple flavor - was good in french toast
 
Chalan
Chalan,
Surprisingly good and while it is sweet, the maple did not completely take over. Very smooth and would definitely sit around and sip this on my nights where I want something easy going.
 
Eric
Eric,
Love this. The maple is a revelation, and not at all overpowering. The smoke isn't overpowering, either. Great to sip on it's own, or makes a fabulous Old Fashioned.
 
Justin
Justin,
Dont like maple
 
David
David,
Way too sweet. I should have known better. It confirmed you should not be doing anything to bourbon especially blending it with maple.
 
Scott
Scott,
i love it has a great taste
 
Ivan
Ivan,
Maple taste from start to finish. Something different with a great Knob Creek taste.
 
Quinton
Quinton,
Too much maple for me, but compliments the 100 proof Knob Creek when blended together in my bar.
 
Troy
Troy,
A little bit too sweet for me
 
Mike
Mike,
Good but overhyped
 
Mario
Mario,
Smooth taste and enough maple to enjoy the flavor
 
Ian
Ian,
Smooth, with a sweet, maple flavor. Not for those who don't like sweet.
 
Eric
Eric,
Pancakes all day, especially when mixed with cream soda!
 
Glenn
Glenn,
Gross
 
Fred
Fred,
Tasty, but a bit too sweet for my taste buds. Very smooth.
 
Mark
Mark,
I love the initial taste but it doesn't stand up to repeated sips. I found it to be a bit too sweet and lacking in enough complexity to warrant getting another bottle.
 
Michael
Michael,
Too much maple for me. I added a tiny bottle of to my 3 l barrel and it was way to overpowering.
 
guest
guest,
Sweet finish that is not to overpowerful
 
Charles
Charles,
Love the flavor
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Nice and smooth with nice touch of maple. Enjoyed this very much!
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Meh. Sweet on the front of the tongue. Sour finish. Ok for what it is. Use it with another cordial for flavor. Not best by itself.
 
Scott
Scott,
This is a fantastic straight drinking bourbon.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Yum
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth. Goes down like a good bourbon should. With a sweet maple finish
 
Samuel
Samuel,
This is the worst thing to call itself Bourbon I have ever tasted. It tastes like drinking pure maple syrup with a little alcohol burn. I was hoping for bourbon with a little extra smoke and maple flavor, but instead I got something that is sickeningly sweet.
 
guest
guest,
The maple undertones make for an amazing Old Fashioned. If you want to step your game up, garnish with a piece of crisp bacon.
 
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