GSN Review: Knob Creek Quarter OakEdit Post
Contributed by on Oct 27, 2019
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Knob Creek recently announced a new, limited edition bourbon in its portfolio, Knob Creek Quarter Oak. This limited-time release uses a secondary finishing approach to continue the vision founding distiller Booker Noe set for Knob Creek decades ago: to craft bourbon with the characteristics of a pre-prohibition style spirit.
With its latest release, Knob Creek explores and deepens the influence of oak on its flagship bourbon. Knob Creek Quarter Oak takes the brand’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and finishes it for a minimum of four years in quarter cask, American oak barrels to increase the amount of contact between the whiskey and wood. A small amount of this unique, secondarily finished whiskey is then mingled with Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon to create the final product.
“When Dad created Knob Creek in the early 90s, he wanted to bring back the big, bold flavors that bourbon offered before the days of Prohibition,” said Fred Noe, Booker’s son and Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller. “Dad loved to experiment in his quest for flavor, and I like to think we carry on that same spirit today with releases like this.”
Knob Creek Quarter Oak (100 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Rich oak, saddle leather, hints of baking spice, sun-warmed wood, and lively esters.
Taste: More than plenty oak tightly wrapping this whiskey. Very intense and yet at the same time very inviting and not over aged. A toasty and spicy mix of high proof whiskey and pointedly wood driven flavors.
Finish: Long with a mild cinnamon-like numbing quality.
Overall: As Fred Noe says, “big and bold”. This is a self assured and very flavorful whiskey that excites the palate.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: Knob Creek