GSN Review: Knob Creek 2001 “Big Time Batch” Limited Edition Bourbon

MOD-40236_KCLTO_bottlewithboxKnob Creek® Bourbon is proud to introduce an ultra-premium, limited edition release to whiskey fans this month — Knob Creek® 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon — paying tribute to Booker Noe, the Beam Family’s 6th Generation Master Distiller and founder of The Small Batch Bourbon Collection®.

This special release is made from some of the last barrels laid down by the late Booker Noe in the final years of his life and will be available as a limited, one-time offering. Knob Creek® 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon debuts as the longest-aged expression ever released from Knob Creek, the ultimate expression of the bourbon’s big, full flavor.

“When Dad helped pioneer the small batch movement nearly 30 years ago, he introduced a whole new way of thinking about how whiskey could be made — introducing small batch, high quality whiskies like Knob Creek Bourbon with flavor like nobody had tasted before,” said Fred Noe, Beam Family’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “Now, all of these years later, we’re excited to keep this tradition alive by giving our fans something really special with this limited release made from some of the last barrels Dad laid down. 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 Bourbon commemorates a significant year for Knob Creek, as late in 2001, the tradition and responsibility of stewarding Knob Creek Bourbon was passed from Booker to Fred — from father to son. This release, made from barrels that Booker laid down in 2001, was finished by Fred Noe in honor of all he learned from his father and stays true to the pre-prohibition standards that Booker sought to restore when he introduced Knob Creek Bourbon. Bottled at 100 proof and aged for 14 years, longer than any other Knob Creek release to date, this bourbon has an even bigger, fuller flavor than what Knob Creek fans have come to love. It will be released in three limited batches, each accentuating distinct notes of the 14-year-old liquid.

Packaged in a commemorative wooden case, Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon was selected with the following characteristics:

  • Batch One: Higher in sweet notes, vanilla and caramel; very smooth
  • Batch Two: Higher in wood and oak notes; more tannic in nature
  • Batch Three: Mid-way between Batch 1 and Batch 2, slightly favoring notes of wood

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon (100 proof)
Visual: Darkening copper.
Nose: Intense high notes of young leather, fresh-cut wood, funky vanilla and raspberry puree.
Taste: Sweet at first, then a powerhouse of woody tannins.  This settles down into a placid and smooth mellow tongue buzz.  A very quick ride.
Finish: Quick, courteous and professional.  All of the initial intensity fades quickly, leaving just a minute impression of southern charm.
Overall: Very, very good.  This the kind of bourbon you’ll want to write home to mother about.  Knob Creek has done a stellar job of reining in what could have been overkill in terms of aging.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Knob Creek

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