Knob Creek 9yr Small Batch (Older Bottling) Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Knob Creek 9yr Small Batch (Older Bottling)

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  • Distiller:

    Beam

  • Bottler:

    Beam

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    9 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Caramel dominates the aftertaste and is followed up with some corn, grainy cherry like fruit and a solid woody underpinning.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The finish echoes: oak, a dying fire, clean and almost crisp. Emphatic, bright, and swift.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • 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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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I want to like this bourbon but there's more ethanol here than a lot of other high caliber drams and its just not as pleasant as the price tag would lull you into trying to believe.
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  • Intro:

    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.

  • Nose:

    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.

  • Taste:

    Ther'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.

  • 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 i'ts 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.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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