Review: Knob Creek Bourbon

The unofficial well Bourbon at Drinkhacker HQ? Knob Creek.

It’s 100 proof, so it can get a little hot when drinking straight, but add a touch of water and KC mellows out nicely. “The Creek” has everything you want in a Bourbon without being too complicated. Mild vanilla and toasty oak notes, backed up with cedary spiciness and a grainlike character that calls out to the sour mash base from which Bourbon arises.

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. Knob Creek is, to put it in terms as sexist as possible, a man’s drink.

Oh, and at $26 a bottle (and often cheaper), it’s not too expensive, though it is a step up in price from Jim Beam, JD, or Evan Williams. In fact, it’s a bit similar to Jack Daniel’s, and I often recommend it to JD drinkers who are looking to move up to something in the neighborhood… but better.

Also very cool: The Knob Creek folks sent me the bottle below with a custom label and my name on it. Now if that doesn’t make drinking fun, I don’t know what does. Order your own — the label is free; you provide the bottle of whiskey — by clicking here.

A- / $26 /

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11 Responses

  1. phil hundt November 19, 2008 / 12:51 pm

    i don’ know what you are tasting but in no way knob creek bourbon tastes like jack daniels, knob creek has a taste profile of cinnamon and honey flavor whereas jack daniels tastes like burnt wood!

  2. Christopher Null November 19, 2008 / 1:24 pm

    Phil – I agree and I didn’t mean to imply that.

  3. The Absinthe Review Network February 16, 2009 / 10:08 pm

    This is one of my favourite bournbon brands of all time. Tragically, the liquor stores near my house are braindead enough not to carry it, so I’m forced to purchase it online, where I have no choice but to shell out 25-30% more than what I’d pay in a store…

  4. J. Lindsey February 17, 2009 / 8:55 am

    KC makes for a very potent and tasty Old Fashioned, as well. I find it a little too harsh by itself. How does this compare to Maker’s Mark?

  5. Luke H. February 23, 2009 / 5:19 pm

    I find this better than Maker’s Mark. The flavor is excellent and the proof is a step up from that of MM. A solid, all-around new favorite. Step aside, Jack.

  6. Jeff March 7, 2009 / 1:50 pm

    Maker’s Mark is better of the two IMO. To me it’s smoother and has a sweeter flavor. KC is good but it’s a little flat and harsh. Not to mention MM costs $7 less in my area.

  7. JimmyZATL October 6, 2009 / 5:12 pm

    I prefer Knob Creek over any Bourbon. The Rye stands up and makes you take notice. Get some Makers Mark, if you don’t like Rye.

  8. Volbourbon September 2, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I love Knob Creek, Knob Creek Single Barrel and Bookers. I am also a fan of the white label Jim Beam. It depends really what mood I am in, what I choose to drink. I am also a Jack Daniel’s whiskey fan. I find the Lincoln County process fascinating. Good ole’ Acer saccharum! I think this is a great time to be a bourbon lover, lots of stuff out there waiting to be discovered, and lots of great blogs to cover them! Thank you.

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