Knob Creek BourbonKnob Creek Bourbon single-batch is one of the better, mainstream bourbons I’ve ever tried. When the weather gets colder, I begin to enjoy sweeter, heavier whiskys like Bourbon.  Knob Creek makes a much more expensive, high-quality, single-barrel bourbon that I was anxious to try, but my liquor store didn’t carry it. I decided to give the regular, small-batch a try. There are a few notable characteristics of this particular whiskey.

Knob-Creek Whiskey Facts

Based on those facts, you’d expect to pay a little more for Knob Creek and that is certainly the case. I paid $26.00 for a 750ML bottle which is more than double the price of my every-day, Ezra Brooks Bourbon in the 1.75 Liter. Oh well, it’s always worth trying something better just to have that benchmark comparison. And, with Knob Creek whiskey, there really is no comparison to Ezra Brooks – it is far superior in every respect.

Knob Creek Tasting Notes

The Ezra Brooks is only 80-proof and the minute I switched from that to the Knob Creek, I could taste and feel the extra kick of alcohol. In fact, I think this whiskey tastes best if you tame it down a bit with a splash or two of water. A bourbon this good, however, should definitely not be mixed with anything other than water. So, how can you make a good mixed drink with anything but water? This gave me a couple of Knob Creek recipe ideas.

Knob Creek Recipes

Knob Creek Manhattan

Knob Creek ManhattanNothing but Knob Creek Bourbon and a couple splashes of water, shaken vigorously in a stainless steel shaker, then poured straight up in a martini glass. Serve with a cherry as garnish. Manhattans are one of my very favorite drinks. You certainly can’t make a knob-creek Manhattan better by adding the usual sweet vermouth to it, so don’t dare even try.  The Knob Creek whiskey makes a very smooth Manhattan – and tasty.

Knob Creek Old Fashioned Cocktail

Knob Creek Old Fashioned CocktailOnce again, purely Knob Creek Bourbon, a little water and shaken with ice. Sound familiar? This time, pour straight into an old-fashioned cocktail glass. Please forgive the Cutty Sark glass. Note, the appetizing frothy head at the top of the glass? Knob Creek has a rich, golden ale appearance. Old Fashioned cocktails are normally topped off with a splash of club soda which gives them that ‘frothy’ effect. No need for club soda, bitters, sugar, or anything else when you make an old-fashioned with Knob Creek whiskey. Always drink Knob creek neat.

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75 South Whiskey

75 South Whiskey

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75 South is a lower-shelf, blended whiskey. I picked up a 1.75 Liter bottle of this at a Safeway store in Tucson, Arizona while my wife was shopping for wine for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be honest, when I checked out of the store, I still wasn’t sure if I was holding a bottle of bourbon or scotch. The label didn’t exactly go out of its way to explain what this brownish liquor was, either. The bottle simply read, Blended Whiskey.   At $10.99 for a 1.75 Liter bottle, I figured it was a bargain whatever it was and I can drink either bourbon or scotch so the 75 South was worth sampling. The label, 75 South, sort of hinted to me that it tastes a little bit more like something from Kentucky than say, Scotland. There is a section of Interstate 75 South that runs through Tennessee,Kentucky,Georgia and Florida. Does that geography have something to do with its name? The whiskey looked a little darker in color which also made me think of the richer, darker taste of bourbon. I tend to gravitate more towards heavier whisky in the colder months of the season, so I wouldn’t mind having a bottle of bourbon on hand.

75 South Tasting Notes

This is a cheap, blended whiskey so don’t expect me to be overly descriptive. The nose of 75 South definitely suggests bourbon flavor. It is caramel-like with a hint of oak wood and sherry. The front of it tastes like bourbon; maybe a little thinner and with just a hint of maple. I expected the 75 South to have an awfully short-lived and harsh finish, but that wasn’t the case. To be sure, it has a thinner palate than Jim Beam or Maker’s Mark, but it not entirely unsmooth. For the price, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy 75 South for mixing or sipping on the rocks. I rarely like cheap whiskeys unless it’s scotch for mixing Rob Roys, 75 South is actually a bourbon like whiskey that I can enjoy by itself.

75 South Final Rating: 79

On a scale of 1-100, I’d give 75 South whiskey a 79. Prior to this short write-up, I read another, less favorable review which had 75-South rated at 67 out of 100. I don’t understand such a harsh rating on a blended whisky that is not harsh at all. For only $2.00 more, I’d rather drink Ezra Brooks, but 75 South is not a bad tasting whiskey at all.