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Knob Creek Comes Through the Rye

Jack Bettridge
Posted: March 2, 2012

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Knob Creek Rye Whiskey (100 proof or 50 percent alcohol by volume, $35.99 for 750 milliliters)

APPEARANCE: Deep amber color that verges on caramel and copper. Gives up its thick leg begrudgingly.

NOSE: Both by scent and taste, this whiskey behaves like a flavor safari, moving through a host of sensations. The bouquet begins with fruit and hard candy and morphs into hints of leather and olive oil. Then come caramel, cinnamon graham cracker, maple candy and oak woods.

PALATE: The same rollercoaster ride continues in the mouth as the whiskey introduces itself with honey and butter rum on the tip of the tongue. It then explodes with spice into the roof of the mouth with cinnamon and bracing flavors, almost like mint and eucalyptus. As it calms, out come savory notes, including nougat, mixed nuts, caramel and maple.

FINISH: The end is almost a tape loop of the beginning experience as the parade repeats itself. And this song will stay your mind, probably into the next day.

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