About Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, Johannes Reginald Beam emigrated from Germany to the United States, and eventually settled in Kentucky County. At the time, Kentucky County was still considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. After settling in Kentucky, Beam began harvesting corn and set forth a family tradition by distilling the excess grains he harvested into whiskey. Since then, seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the eponymous company (the company is actually named after James Beam, who rescued it following Prohibition).
Knob Creek Bourbon was created by Beam’s grandson, Booker Noe, who after joining the family business in 1950 was promoted to Master Distiller just ten years later. Booker talked like a true Kentuckian and was known for his contagious personality, and through his launch of the “Small Batch Bourbon Collection” — the collection includes Knob Creek as well as Basil Hayden’s, Booker’s and Baker’s bourbons — he is often credited as the father of the small batch bourbon movement.
Knob Creek Bourbon takes its name from the small water source, Knob Creek, that ran through President Abraham Lincoln’s childhood farm. Booker’s vision for Knob Creek Bourbon was that of an honest, quality bourbon that could meet the standards — strength, flavor, care and patience — of bourbon made before prohibition distressed the industry just decades earlier. Like Abraham Lincoln himself, Booker designed Knob Creek Bourbon to be honest, unwavering and full of character.
In late 2001, Booker handed the tradition and responsibility of stewarding Knob Creek to his son, Fred Noe. Before passing the torch, however, Booker laid down several special barrels, which Fred patiently waited a full fourteen years before bottling. Started by Booker and carried on by Fred, as is the case with the entire Knob Creek legacy, Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the oldest whiskey ever released by Knob Creek, and the ultimate representation of this legendary father-and-son duo.
“Dad knew exactly what he wanted when it came to making whiskey, and I know [this] release would make him proud.”
Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a golden amber color and aromas of charred oak, vanilla, caramel and cooking spices. The palate is perfectly balanced between sweet and spicy, with notes of cream and nutmeg leading to a warm, complex finish.
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