Knob Creek 12yr Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Knob Creek 12yr Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Beam

  • Bottler:

    Beam

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: In this case, Knob Creek 12 Year is a testament to the fact that sometimes it’s worth paying a premium for an age stated bourbon. Compared to standard release Knob Creek Small Batch bourbons of the past, 12 Year delivers the richest flavor profile to date.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Vanilla, molasses, and cedar come through on the palate, leading to a warming finish with hints of chestnut and orange peel. It's a welcome addition to the line, and great for sipping.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The lengthy finish offers chocolate-covered cherries, black tea leaves, and white pepper. Layered and engaging.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: I like it just fine, but I don’t think it’s heresy to suggest that the 9 year old expression is better balanced and, at less than half the price, a better buy all around.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Excellent release from Beam on this one - once again blending to a profile that’s enticing and unique. Big fan.
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  • Intro:

    Released in 2020, Knob Creek now hosts a 12yr 100proof entry in their product portfolio. A blend of bourbons (at least not labeled single barrel) this $50 release immediately ignited concerns of a dwindling level of 12+ yr barrels in the single barrel program many have been known to come and love.

  • Nose:

    Quite bright on the nose. Fresh berries, sweet cream and caramel. Light peanut brittle. Nougat, a pinch of pepper.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel - really creamy overall. Nougat, pepper, a hint of peanut butter and cocoa. Fruity on the back palate - kind of a hint of cherry. Unusual, but delicious.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. Sweet brown butter, chocolate covered cherries, peanut brittle and creme brûlée.

  • Overall:

    Excellent release from Beam on this one - once again blending to a profile that’s enticing and unique. Big fan.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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