Saturday 29 July 2017

Knob Creek 9 Small Batch Review

Hi everyone,

More Bourbon reviews? From Dave? Never.
Yep, I’ve got about three left after this and then you’re caught up on my experience with Bourbon so far.
So, this is another from Jim Beam, with an age statement and a higher proof. Does that make it better? Does having a funny name make it better? Let’s find out.

Knob Creek 9 50%
Colour: Bronze
Body: Medium
Nose: Lots of freshly crushed mint, vanilla pod, some wax, oaky honey, some rose, caramel, some spicy rye/grainy notes in the background.
Water: More chocolatey and fudge.
Taste: Lots of honey, vanilla, sugary honey, woody maple syrup, some oak, caramel and toffee.
Water: Aromatic oak and sandalwood then herbal.
Finish: Medium length. Lingering oaky spice, a little heat.
Despite the funny name, age statement and higher proof this is a bit ‘meh’ for me. A lot of very average Bourbon flavours. Although I did like the minty-ness on the nose, I don’t feel like the taste brings anything special or different.

Thanks for reading!

American Whiskey Review #23
Whisky Network Review #485

American Average: 70
Network Average: 74.4
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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