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.
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.
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