Knob Creek has add one more to its brand, a rye whiskey. Just as anything that Knob Creek seems to offer they have put time, effort and love into this product. It may be March and Irish whiskey may be on your mind but, let Knob Creek rye have a moment.
The first thing one notices with the bottle of Knob Creek rye is how stubborn the cork is! That is till one realizes it is not a cork. This is not an issue merely an observation, initially I thought maybe Knob Creek maybe doing away with the cork. It seems that it is only for the rye whiskey.
Shortly after that you pour it into a glass. You smell the aroma the rye pops into the nose, smoothly and with a hint of maple and honey followed by and herbal touch in the finish. It seem delicate and inviting. The first sample of the Knob Creek rye is as expected there are no surprises here. It is as if Knob Creek said we know what you expect from us and delivered.
Knob Creek rye did not jump out and surprise in many places. For a hundred proof whiskey it is Incredibly smooth and it did surprise me with a few odd ball cocktail ideas. After that the fact that it is as expected hurts it just a little. By that I mean you will have more conversation over the fact that it has no cork than anything. After that it is a sit back and enjoy experience. I hate to say that the consistent state of excellence takes away from Knob Creek rye whiskey but It kind of does. With all of that being said it was one of the highest 4 out of 5 scores I have reviewed.
Knob Creek rye does excel in a very important way… cocktails! I don’t care if it is a Sazerac, Old Fashion rye, or simple add some coke or ginger to the rye whiskey. It will make you give it a second look even at 100 proof it is not there to overwhelm you with a burn. It has a marvelous softness to it not often found in the higher than 90 proof whiskeys. After a while if one gets a little crazy with the Knob Creek rye. It is up to the task I mixed it with Izze grapefruit sparkling water it was a great drink with a touch of tartness. I thought up a blackberry mint julep it simply worked this is a great whiskey for craft cocktails!
When the dust clears and every brand out there has released it version of a rye whiskey. Knob Creek will still be standing as a top competitor. It has everything one would want in a rye whiskey with it smooth and subtle flavor and inviting nose, can’t see many people complaining. Once again Knob Creek as crowned a whiskey worthy of being apart of their brand. More importantly this rye whiskey would make a great part of your spring/summer plans.
4 out of 5
Blackberry Mint Julep
- 1 ½ oz. Knob Creek rye
- 5 mint leafs
- 2 blackberries
- 1 oz. of simple syrup
Directions Muddle the the 2 blackberries with the mint and then add the Ice(shaved) and pour the Knob Creek rye over the Ice. pour into an old fashion rocks glass. no garnish
Southern Rye Soda
- 1 ½ oz. Knob Creek rye
- 3 oz. Fresh sours(if you use bottled sours don’t use simple syrup)
- 8 mint leafs
- 1 oz. of simple syrup(Only in fresh sours)
- Splash of soda water
Directions First take your 8 sprigs of mint and muddle them in the simple syrup(or just a little bit of the sours.) then add ice. pour the Knob Creek rye then the fresh sours and shake the mixture strain over ice and finish with a splash of soda water.The drink is now made for the fresh sours; you will need lemon, lime,orange and egg white. If you leave out the egg whites it will not change the taste, but the drink will not froth as much. you will need even parts of lime and lemon and a third of that for orange. You will then want to combine the three juices from the fruits. I recommend keep the egg whites separate for two reasons the egg whites need to be kept refrigerated and two some people may prefer them left out. You may strain out the