It’s been 20 years since Knob Creek shipped its first batch of bourbon. Back in 1992, terms like “small batch bourbon” and “super-premium” didn’t exist. Knob Creek was instrumental in creating this category, which has since been embraced by numerous brands and millions of whiskey drinkers. And now, after 20 years of success and last year’s release of Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon, Knob Creek throws us a celebratory changeup in the form of a 100 proof rye whiskey.
Knob Creek Rye ($35) is a blend of rye whiskeys aged up to nine years. It’s big and brash on the nose, with lots of oak and spicy rye grains. It’s more mellow on the palate, with rich vanilla, subtle cherry and a warming spice. Like its bourbon cousin, it’s easy to drink straight, but an ice cube won’t hurt its potent flavor. This is good whiskey, and it’s certainly an appropriate anniversary present in our world. Knob Creek Rye is currently available in select markets, including Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and will be released nationally in July 2012.