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Bourbon of the Day: Knob Creek

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Knob Creek is truly bourbon at its finest. Created to represent whiskey before it was mass-produced, it embodies the look, feel and taste of pre-prohibition bourbon. Knob Creek is full-bodied, flavorful bourbon, bottled at an honest 100 proof like all good bourbons were a century ago, is aged nine years in wood, giving it the distinction of being aged the longest of the Small Batch Bourbons. This extra aging allows it to absorb more of the sugar in the wood, giving it a slightly sweeter taste and nose.

Knob Creek is a whiskey produced by the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. It is part of Jim Beam’s line of small-batch bourbons. Its siblings in the line are Booker’s, Baker’s, and Basil Hayden’s.

History
Knob Creek® Bourbon was named after a little creek that runs just south of the distillery, the same creek that ran by Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home. Booker Noe, 6th generation Beam and master distiller emeritus created Knob Creek to reflect the strength, flavor, care, and patience that defined pre-prohibition bourbon. The bottle embodies the handmade look and feel of the turn-of-the century bourbon as well. It is reminiscent of a bootlegger’s flask with newspaper scrawled on the label, harkening back to the decade’s old custom of wrapping bottles in newspaper at the distillery. To learn more about Knob Creek’s heritage, visit knobcreek.com.

Distinctions
Knob Creek bourbon was created in the style of turn of the century bourbon. Knob Creek embodies the bold flavor that has made Kentucky famous for bourbon. Aged the longest of the Small Batch Bourbons – 9 years – in charred American white oak, it strikes the senses with a maple sugar aroma, distinctive sweetness and rich, full-bodied flavor. Knob Creek is perfect straight or cooled slightly with one or two ice cubes.

Comments
“Knob Creek remains my favorite. I like its nutty, fruity nose and how a vanilla-orange-caramel sweetness balances the rye spice.” — The Kansas City Star, Anna Brockhoff, May 2007

Tasting Notes
Age: 9 years
Proof: 100
Color: Copper to medium amber
Aroma: Toasted nuts, grain oak
Taste: Rich, sweet, woody, full-bodied, almost fruity
Finish: Long, rich and glowing
Award: National Champion Whiskey

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In 2009, Jim Beam ran a campaign to publicize their shortage of Knob Creek bourbon. Demand exceeded the 2000 forecast, when the stock began the aging process.

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