Left the review til the last minute again. Luckily today it will be on a brand I have already reviewed before which means less history and more whiskey enjoyment on my part!
A small bit of history
For a history of the brand as a whole please see my review on Knob Creek 9yo, as this will only be about the Rye of the same name.
In fact for the most part I would just read that review for the history of this drink as the only difference is that this is their Rye alternative created late in the reemergence of Rye as a vastly profitable product in 2012. By law this will mean it will be made with over 51% rye in the mash.
Unlike Knob Creek 9yo this one carries no age statement but as it is a Straight Rye it will have been required to be aged at least 2 years. Though the removal of ages from bottles might hurt the industry as a whole in the long run, my love of Knob Creek is too great to stay angry at them over it.
- 2013 Silver Medal by IWSC
- 2013 Double Gold Medal by San Fransisco World Spirits
The nose is very similar to Knob Creek 9yo, very sweet and toffee like with nice nutty undertones.
The palette is the first time you will realise it is a Rye, but it is not at all overpowering, it is a tickling of rye accompanied by the oaky, vanilla and caramel undertones of a bourbon.
As the palette fades away to the finish it is met with a spicy finish with a slight orange zest and undertones of ginger.
Very much enjoyed! 😀
When I suggest drinking it
This is a Rye that tastes a lot more like a Bourbon and as such has made a special place in my heart. This is the only Rye I have actually stocked in my house for an extended period of time and is definitely worth a try if you have never tried Rye before. Use it to dip your toe in 😉