Knob Creek 9yo, Cask 3080, 60% – OB for K&L Wines

September is Bourbon Heritage Month, apparently. For us outside of the USA it doesn’t mean anything and I’m not even sure it’s still a thing stateside. Anyway, I thought it was a good excuse to review a bourbon that I had recently.

It’s one of those samples that were sitting around on my shelf for far too long and I had completely forgotten about until I started digging around to find some things for our family vacation.

Normally I take the tail ends of bottles but with a third kid we didn’t have much room to spare for non-essentials. Samples are much smaller and can be stashed anywhere between other things.

Knob Creek then. My favorite go-to bourbon, even though I don’t drink much bourbon. I’ve had at least one bottle in my posession ever since our trip to the USA in 2009. It’s especially good since it’s rather affordable. A lot more expensive than in its country of origin, but still ‘only’ 40 euros.

I was rather surprised to find out this was made by Jim Beam, since I’m not very partial to many of their products.

Big bourbon with lots of autumnal, cigar like scents. Not too sweet, and I even think I get an ashy note from the cask. Shortbread and some light spices.

Sharp (no surprise at 60%), with a lot of wood spices. Hot cinnamon, ginger, stuff like that. Some sweetness but less than in regular bourbon. Dead leaves, cigars, ash.

A rather short finish in which all flavors from before show themselves again, but none stick around. There’s a hint of bitterness too.

Not bad, but not one I’ll recall in a few years time. It’s a bit thin compared to what I am used to and what I look for in Knob Creek. I’m not overly surprised, since I’ve found that I prefer the regular 50% versions over the 60% single casks.

Anyway, not bad, but not particularly good either. If I had a bottle I’d drink it, but I’d rather drink something else. Something with a bit more depth, and a bit less alcohol.


Knob Creek 9yo, Cask 3080, 60%, OB for K&L Wines. No longer available, since it was released in 2016.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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