Knob Creek Maple Bourbon: A drink to keep warm this winter


WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014 — This is my first whiskey review, and despite the name of this particular column I am not a snob about whiskey. I am a bourbon drinker first, an Irish drinker second, and a beer drinker third. Everything else may as well not exist to me, except tequila which is acceptable under the right circumstances. I don’t knock scotch, I just don’t like scotch but respect its place in the whiskey world. Those disclaimers out of the way, I would like to talk to you about Knob Creek and their recent flavored concoction, Maple Bourbon.

I don’t much go for flavored anything, unless you are mixing a drink that is about the only flavor I am looking for. However Knob Creek managed to create this little deep winter devil with a tremendous taste and very soothing flavor. I don’t know anything about notes, or bouquets, or anything else like that which would lead many to believe that I am for some reason anything other than a man who enjoys good whiskey at a moderate price, and that is what this is.

I picked this up on an eyebrow raising whim at my local liquor store. It was cold out, and the best way to dispel cold spirits are with warm spirits, so I found myself shelling out the money I did not have for this particular elixir.

It was worth every penny.

It is smooth, dangerously and deceptively smooth for a bourbon. Dangerously and deceptively smooth enough that you have one or two more than you should before you realize that it is probably not a good idea to stand up so quickly. If what I am supposed to review is its flavor notes, then I guess the flavor notes would be pancake syrup and bacon.

Pancake syrup, and bacon.

You heard me correctly, gentlemen and some likeminded ladies. A whiskey, a bourbon, that tastes like a mix between pancake syrup and bacon, which has alcohol properties.

You do not need to mix this with anything, though if you do I would suggest maybe some Eggnog. It would go great with a very heavy cigar, maybe in a Maduro wrapper.

The idea is that this bourbon is very drinkable, especially as a seasonal bourbon, but I don’t know if there is such a thing so I guess it just counts as bourbon as if there was just one category, a classification I am fine with. Drinking this stuff in any season other than late fall or winter seems wrong to me, but to each their own. It is very sweet, rich, and seems to be not far from actually being molasses, but it is, to me, a very solid and drinkable bourbon well worth drinking to chase away the winter blues.

If they don’t have Knob Creek Maple Bourbon in Heaven I will still go, but maybe I’ll sneak a bottle in just in case.

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