Excerpt: This isn’t a sweet whiskey like many modern, juice-cocktail-friendly blends. This is a Bourbon for simple drinks, retro and classic cocktails (it’s great in a Manhattan), and the occasional shot.
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This is the entry level, 9 year age stated Knob Creek product released by Beam Suntory. This was the bottling prior to them removing the age statement.
Ethanol and corn with a nice heavy dose of vanilla and cinnamon. Im getting a little caramel here but not a whole lot. The ethanol is strangely overpowering, despite sitting for about 20 minutes in a Glencairn.
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, Id guess its a much younger bourbon.
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 i'ts just not as pleasant as the price tag would lull you into trying to believe.
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.
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