Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey was launched in the US in 2012. Distilled at Jim Beam and without age statement, it is a 100 proof rye whiskey. The Knob Creek brand was introduced 20 years ago and it is famous for being Beam Family’s premier small batch bourbons. Jim Beam’s grandson Booker Noe was the man behind the brand, which is now also aiming the rye whiskey market. Other Jim Beam ryes are Old Overholt and Jim Beam Rye.
Knob Creek Straight Rye won Double Gold and was voted “Best Rye Whiskey” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012. The mash bill has 55% rye, 35% corn and 10% malt and the final product is a blend of spirits matured in new charred oak barrels for 5-9 years. Knob Creek Bourbon’s mash bill is somewhere around 75% corn, 15 % rye and 10% malted barley.
Knob Creek Rye is good but it could be even better. As a fan of 100% rye or whiskeys that are even close to being “pure rye whiskeys”, I’d love Knob Creek Rye to be something like those drams. 50% alcohol per volume level makes it better, though.
Knob Creek is a strong rye mixed with other strongly characteristic ingredients. It is not the most balanced dram but it is entertaining and exotic. And there is that strong rye feel in the mix, which is very important. Still, would be nice to taste a 100 proof Knob Creek Rye with at least 75% rye mash bill. That would probably be a great rye whiskey!
Knob Creek has been branded as a pre-Prohibition type of whiskey – don’t know about that but this like The Kentucky Fried Movie. A series of short, highly irreverent skits. Only exception to the movie, these skits are tasty, rather than tasteless. I’ve used the movie as reference before with Jim Beam product (White Label), but this time I used it in a good way…