Maker: Jim Beam, Boston/Clermont, Kentucky, USA (Beam Suntory)
Style: Kentucky-style Rye (low rye rye)
Age: 9 y/o (? barreled 2009, released 2018)
Proof: 119.6 (59.8% ABV)
Purchased for $70 ( Holiday Market)
Appearance: Medium copper
Nose: Oak, black pepper, cayenne, tumeric. With water, a little more sweetness. Caramel and anise.
Palate: Full-bodied and creamy, then hot. Still creamy, but with toffee, a little citrus and clove.
Finish: Heat and not much else except a little sweetness at the end. With water: Red pepper, oak, brown sugar.
Parting words: I love Knob Creek rye, so I was very excited when I saw this limited edition release. I was less excited when I started drinking it. KCR is already very bourbon-like but this edition is even more so. I like bourbony ryes, but at a certain point you have to ask yourself why you’re not just drinking bourbon (which is usually cheaper).
The strength of this editon of Knob Rye is its lucious mouthfeel. It’s a show-stealer, and it even holds up with a generous does of water. Aside from that, there’s not much here that isn’t in the standard Knob Creek Rye. I think I might like the standard edition better, even without factoring in the much higher price. It’s pleasant, but I really can’t recommended it at $70, even mildly. Hopefully the next edition of cask strength Knob Creek Rye will be better.