When Booker Noe crafted this bourbon, he wanted it to be reminiscent of the ‘old days’ of bourbon production – that is pre-Prohibition bourbon, before mass production was implemented.
The nose is all old wood, maple and honeycomb. When I taste bourbons for the first time, I start out with just a splash in the glass leaves behind more identifiable notes when it evaporates. New wood persists with hints of chocolate
The first sip of Knob Creek starts out with a clean, citrus, mouth-watering zest. Although it is 100 proof, it carries itself like a lower proof bourbon. Could just be because I have punished my palate with stupid-high proofs over the years. It opens up with mint, lemon peel – transforming the wood flavors that you would typically find in well aged bourbons into a cedar-like flavor. This would be a good bourbon to start a meal off with.
In the middle of the tasting, new wood flavors appear – a probable effect of the bright, clean, early fruit flavors. Knob Creek finishes with flavors of bright under ripe fruit (lemon, lime, green apple).
Knob Creek has a medium body, and if there were two overall elements that persist throughout the tasting, they would be sweetness and spice.
But despite all the descriptors above, Knob Creek is notably muted. The flavors are hard to pick up in both the nose and on the palate.