About Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
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.
While most bourbons are blended together from multiple barrels to ensure consistency of flavor, Knob Creek Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon is bottled from single casks, hand-picked based on their final age, rack placement and other proprietary methods passed down for many generations. Aged for a minimum of nine years and bottled at a robust 120 proof, the bourbon has a deep amber and henna color, as well as an aroma of toasted nuts, vanilla bean and oak. The palate is filled with dried fruits, maple syrup and a rum sweetness, and leads to a finish marked by a woody, cinnamon spice, evergreen and caramel.
Knob Creek Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012.
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