Welcome to my first ever official “Booze Review”. I am extremely new to this, so take it easy on me. I intend to come back to most of these, multiple times and re-review them, to see if my tastes have changed, or if certain batches are better than others. Each review will follow the same template, and include a score. Please enjoy responsibly 🙂
Date Reviewed: Jan.21
Method/Location: in a Glencairn glass, neat @ home. After a few sips, added 2 drops of water and finished.
Distillery: Knob Creek
Mash: 75% Corn, 13% Rye 12% Barley
Price I Paid: $45.50
Appearance: Amber and burnt orange. Teak: While the glass was sitting on my teak coffee table, I found it to blend in through the glass.
Nose: Brown sugar right away, followed by a strong dose of ethanol. After a few swirls, hints of cherry coke, vanilla and almost a rhum like sweetness.
Palate: First thing I picked up on was the heat/burn which was felt all the way down to the belly. A bit of spiciness.
I added 2 drops of water, and tasted again.
This time the burn (though still there, was more pleasant). Tasted more woody/oaky.
Finish: The finish felt long for me, and was fairly harsh – the entire body felt warmed up. After two drop of water the finish although still long was a lot more enjoyable with less burn.
Conclusions: Very spicy & strong. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have started with a 50% ABV. If I am being honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of this bourbon – although it was much better with 2 drops of water. Next time I will try it with a large ice cube. Although this wasn’t a personal favorite on it’s own, I think there is potential for this to work really well in some cocktails (which I will be trying soon).
Overall Score: 60/100
With 2 drops of water: 65/100