Review: Knob Creek 2009 Cask Strength Rye

Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

59.8% ABV

Aged For: 9 Years, barreled 2009

Mashbill: 55% rye, 35% corn, 10% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: A little boozy upfront, lots of peppery leather and cinnamon rye notes, oak, roasted peanuts, and a touch of fruit

Feel: Medium to full body

Taste: A quick hit of sweet vanilla, followed quickly by a cracked rye bread and mint spice. Salted peanuts, caramel, citrus, and oak

Finish: Medium warmth and good length, oak, toffee, crushed mint, peanut butter fudge, cardamom, and pepper

Thoughts: Most rye on the market is MGP or young craft distillate that is not very good. I’m glad Beam is stepping up to give us more options on the aged rye market, with this one have a nice blend of sweet, herbal, and spicy.

Score: 84 out of 100

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