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Knob Creek 18 Year - Review

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

The Details

Knob Creek

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Limited Edition Small Batch

Release KC001

Aged 18 Years

Distilled and Bottled by Knob Creek Distilling Company

Clermont, Kentucky

100 Proof

Mashbill: 75% Corn / 13% Rye / 12% Malted Barley

Price: ~$240

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Appearance: Dark Amber

Nose: Creamy Caramel, Vanilla Wafers, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar and Wet Oak

Palate: Flakey Buttered Pastry, Vanilla Buttercream Icing, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Roll and Salted Walnuts

Finish: Medium Linger, Sweet Coating and Cinnamon Spice

Overall: First thing's not let the price point scare you away! This 18 Year offering honoring the 30th anniversary of Knob Creek is one you're going to want in your home-bar. I'm going to get very honest here, I'm not the biggest fan of the traditional Knob Creek profiles of saturated oak and huge peanut influence. To me, the particular profile tastes dry and doesn't leave me salivating for more. But hey, that's me. I know there is quite a cult following when it comes to Knob Creek and I completely respect that. This 18 Year, however, brushes aside everything I just wrote and stands on its own. I feel the "off-profile" taste is exactly what I needed to get me pulled back into this brand. Perhaps the extra time in oak? Certain rickhouse location? Any agitation? Whatever the cause, I'm hopeful this profile prevails going forward because it just solidified a spot in The Library Top-10 of 2022.

Library Rating: 9.2 / 10


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