Review #17 – Knob Creek Small Batch (9yr)

Review #17 | /r/Bourbon Review #15 – Knob Creek Small Batch (9yr)

The Schtick: This is the entry level, 9 year age stated Knob Creek product released by Beam Suntory.


Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Knob Creek (Beam/Suntory)

ABV: 50% ABV

Age: 9 Years

Source: Bottle, Purchased (2015)


Nose: Ethanol and corn with a nice heavy dose of vanilla and cinnamon. I’m getting a little caramel here but not a whole lot. The ethanol is strangely overpowering, despite sitting for about 20 minutes in a Glencairn.

Taste: There’s a whole heap of caramel and cinnamon, followed by a whallop of alcohol. This tastes rough, despite its age. If this was blind, I’d guess it’s a much younger bourbon.

Finish: Short and hot. There’s just no other way to put it. I want to like this bourbon but there’s more ethanol here than a lot of other high caliber drams and it’s just not as pleasant as the price tag would lull you into trying to believe.

Overall: I’ve been drinking this for the better part of 6 months, at all different fill levels hoping that this bourbon will even out but it’s just not happening.

Rating: 4


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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