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Knob Creek

Knob Creek
7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 50%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$36

Knob Creek
7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 50%
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, butterscotch, root beer float, and caramelized black pepper with a round, tangy, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish with notes of vanilla pralines, spicy cinnamon, butterscotch and marble rye bread pudding, and orange oil on leather and mahogany furniture. A benchmark Rye Whiskey with just enough age and barrel influence to pull everything together; would make a truly high class Manhattan.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: vanilla buttercream, butterscotch, root beer float, and caramelized black pepper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of vanilla pralines, spicy cinnamon, butterscotch and marble rye bread pudding, and orange oil on leather and mahogany furniture
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: with drops of water, with cigars, on the rocks, neat and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A benchmark Rye Whiskey with just enough age and barrel influence to pull everything together; would make a truly high class Manhattan.

The Producer or Importer

Beam Suntory Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste. 1600
Chicago, IL 60654
USA

Their Portfolio

94 Baker’s Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey 53.5% (USA) $.00.
93 El Tesoro Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $65.00.
96 El Tesoro Añejo Tequila 40% (Mexico) $85.00.
95 El Tesoro Extra Añejo Tequila 40% (Mexico) $150.00.
97 El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila Extra Añejo 40% (Mexico) $180.00.
96 El Tesoro Blanco Tequila 40% (Mexico) $44.00.
88 Haku Vodka 40% (Japan) $27.00.
88 Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 40% (USA) $17.00.
93 Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 43% (USA) $22.00.
92 Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 45% (USA) $22.00.
92 Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled Straight Bourbon Whiskey 43% (USA) $22.00.
94 Jim Beam Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 47.5% (USA) $39.00.
89 Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 40% (USA) $16.00.
93 Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 50% (USA) $36.00.
93 Knob Creek 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 50% (USA) $36.00.
92 Legent Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Wine & Sherry Casks 47% (USA) $39.00.
88 Maker’s Mark Straight Bourbon Whisky 45% (USA) $26.00.
92 Maker’s Mark 46 Straight Bourbon Whisky 47% (USA) $36.00.
86 Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whisky Batch No. 20-01 55% (USA) $49.00.
92 Maker’s Mark 101 Straight Bourbon Whisky 50.5% (USA) $39.00.
92 Maker’s Mark Black Bourbon Society Straight Bourbon Whisky 55.2% (USA) $69.00.
88 Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey 43% (USA) $17.00.
92 Old Overholt Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey 50% (USA) $24.00.
90 Old Overholt 114 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 57% (USA) $27.00.
93 On The Rocks The Cosmopolitan Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 20% (USA) $11.99.
BR On The Rocks The Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 20% (USA) $11.99. - Bronze Medal
96 On The Rocks The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 20% (USA) $11.99.
87 On The Rocks The Aviation Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 20% (USA) $11.99.
94 On The Rocks The Old Fashioned Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 35% (USA) $11.99.
94 On The Rocks The Manhattan Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 32.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Roku Gin 43% (Japan) $24.00.
93 Roku Gin 43% (Japan) $27.00.
92 Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila 40% (Mexico) $49.00.
90 Tres Generaciones Bottle Package 0% (Mexico) $49.00.
87 Tres Generaciones Añejo Cristalino Tequila 40% (Mexico) $64.00.
87 Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila 40% (Mexico) $39.00.
88 Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $44.00.
94 Tres Generaciones 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition Añejo Tequila Vol. 03 45% (Mexico) $199.00.
93 Tres Generaciones 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition Añejo Tequila Vol. 03 Bottle Package 45% (Mexico) $199.00.

Rye Whiskey

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Rye Whisky must contain a minimum of 51% rye grain, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and be aged for a minimum of two years in new charred barrels. A small amount of straight Rye whiskey is bottled and marketed, but most of the industry production is blended into other whiskies to give them additional character and structure. Canadians frequently refer to their whisky as "Rye," though it is in fact made primarily from corn or wheat.

The Taste: While the best Bourbon is known for a creamy, caramel-like palate, the best Rye whiskey makes its presence known with a spicy, grainy, hard-edged firmness that is distinctive and unique. Usually very dry, with notes of walnut, toasted grain, and black pepper, straight rye has a bold assertive character that has earned it a small but dedicated following among discerning whiskey fans.

The Scotch-Irish immigrant distillers had some exposure to using rye in whiskey production, but for their German immigrant neighbors rye had been the primary grain used in the production of Schnapps and Vodka back in northern Europe. They continued this distilling practice, particularly in Pennsylvania and Maryland, where Rye whiskey, with its distinctive hard-edged, grainy palate, remained the dominant whiskey type well into the 20th century.

Rye whiskey was even more adversely effected by National Prohibition than Bourbon. A generation of consumers weaned on light-bodied and relatively delicate white spirits turned away from the uncompromising, pungent, full-bodied straight Rye whiskies. Production of Rye whiskies had vanished altogether from its Mid-Atlantic homeland by the 1980s. A handful of modern Rye whiskies are currently being made by Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and Indiana. America’s first indigenous whiskey style is today only barely surviving in the marketplace. Its primary use is for blending to give other whiskies more character and backbone, although a small but vocal group of Rye whisky enthusiasts continue to champion it.