Knob Creek needs no introduction. They even have freakin’ commercials now. So no gimmicks here, let’s cut to the beef. Knob Creek Rye labels itself as patiently aged, meaning I have no idea how old it is. I don’t really care. I do care that I scored it on sale for $35, like a true booze-hound bargain-hunter. I also care that it’s 100 proof, I like that. In fact, I need that—I’ve got a scratchy throat and a sprained wrist—poppa needs his medicine. Unlike Knob Creek, I don’t have ample patience today. So I’m going to cut past the usual drivel, which you likely skip over anyways, and hit some tasting notes.
Curse my allergies…After a deep huff I’m able to cut through and get a touch of cinnamon, some herbal notes and a touch of fresh sawdust. The first impression on my admittedly hefty sip was how gentle this is, not only as a 100 proof rye without a dragon’s breath, but as a rye in general. Rather than strong hefty spice notes Knob Creek has played a bit more with a softer cinnamon spice muffin like note, a rich caramel middle and, as their “age statement” would imply, a generous dose of balanced oak. This bit of oak leaves the rye just a touch dry as it finishes over the palate but it lingers well with floral, ginger and spice notes that just lightly massages my phlegmatic throat.
Summation points? While the price point, even on sale, is a touch high, this is a fine drinkin’ whiskey. Knob Creek Rye is a refined and balanced rye, so balanced that it mellows down it’s rye spice and high proof into a benchmark for a mid-range rye.