Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon is one of four bourbons that comprise Jim Beam’s Small Batch Bourbon Collection. The others are Basil Hayden’s, Baker’s Bourbon, and Booker’s Bourbon. Knob Creek 15 Year is being released as a limited edition, with no plans at this time to make it an ongoing release. However, Knob Creek 12 Year was first released as a limited edition, and has now been made part of the brand’s ongoing lineup.
Knob Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey Limited Edition 15 Yr 100 Proof 750 ML
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Aged oak dominates, with hints of leather and caramel teasing the nose. An undercurrent of dark fruit draws attention away from the oak, providing a welcome layer of sweetness. The overall aroma leans heavily on oak and certainly supports the bourbon’s 15 year age. While some will appreciate this, others will argue the oak is a little too dominant.
An initial burst of rye spice is immediately followed by a rush of dry, seasoned oak. The dryness continues to ramp up, but as it does, sweeter flavors of raisin, caramel, and burnt brown sugar develop along with a trace of tobacco. Like the nose, the oak continues to be the dominant flavor, however not so much to completely overwhelm the other flavors present allowing for a good amount of complexity to develop.
The bourbon’s dryness crescendos in the finish, though it does allow for the sweeter flavors to continue to show through. Aged oak and caramel are offered up, with a hint of graham cracker and raisin underneath. Rye spice pops as the flavors dissipate. Overall the bourbon is consistent in its delivery from nose to palate to finish, with aged oak dominating against sweeter underlying flavors throughout.