Knob Creek 25th Anniversary
Added on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 04:29 AM
  Bottler: Beam Suntory
  Age: NAS yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 2004 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 122.60 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $130 Availability: Better Stores
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley

According to the company press release, “In 1992, Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe created Knob Creek Bourbon to restore the standards of pre-prohibition style whiskey, pushing the boundaries of an entire category with the introduction of super-premium, small batch bourbon. Twenty-five years later, Booker’s son and Seventh Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe is celebrating this milestone with the launch of an exclusive, limited-edition release ­– Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon. Uniting the signature whiskey making styles of Booker and Fred Noe for the first time, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is a cask strength and unfiltered single barrel bourbon, aged in barrels for twelve-to-thirteen years and personally selected by Noe for this historic occasion.” The company goes on to describe it as “the truest expression of Knob Creek’s iconic flavor.”
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: standard stuff - but pleasing and strong. Heavy caramel and buttercream.
 
t: heavy dense body of oak char, burnt vanilla, and green tobacco. Peanuts roasted in the shell, brown sugar, and raw maple sap. This is loud and full-flavored with the right amount of bite. Very savory with spearmint and white pepper. Finish is long with seasoned corn sweetness and caramel with dry cinnamon to balance. A lot of chewy oak in here that lasts.

Releases are all in the same ballpark, some slight variables.
 
reviewed side by side:
barreled 2004  |  122.6 proof  [tasty + cohesive, B+/A-]
barreled 2005  |  122.8 proof  [great nose, more bite, B+]
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