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Knob Creek Is Battling Back Against the Worst Trend in Bourbon


June 23, 2019 Drinks By

Knob Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey is getting its age statement back.

According to longtime bourbon writer Chuck Cowdery’s blog, the most widely available of Beam Suntory’s popular small batch bourbon whiskey line will see its 9-year age statement return early next year. For whiskey fans, this is cause for celebration.

(A Beam Suntory representative has confirmed all information in Cowdery’s blog post as accurate.)

As the demand for Kentucky bourbon spiked without mercy, industry stock couldn’t keep up. Bottles that once carried age statements were forced to drop them, as batches had to be supplemented with younger whiskey to keep bottles on shelves. Always available between $20 and $30, Knob Creek’s standard, entry-level expression was one of those whiskeys.

The return of its age statement could be a sign the aging warehouses built at the start of the bourbon boom are finally pulling their weight; that perhaps aged whiskey stocks have finally caught up with enormous demand, and we’ll start seeing other distillers bring back age statements on regular offerings. Or, as Cowdery comments in his blog, it could mean nothing and be a one-off.

That said, bottle transparency is never a bad thing. Especially with one of the best value whiskey brands around.

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