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“It’s easy to get sentimental over good bourbon.”
–Booker Noe, Creator of Knob Creek® Bourbon
It’s hard to find someone who loves bourbon as much as Booker did, but we know there are some serious bourbon lovers out there. If you’ve got a bourbon-drinkin’ man or woman on your holiday shopping list, here are some damn good gift ideas that even Booker himself would get behind.
The ultimate gift for the ultimate bourbon fan is his/her very favorite thing: Bourbon. Customized Knob Creek® holiday labels let your gift say a little more. Personalize your message on this year's Knob Creek® label or the custom designed label by Chef Michael Symon.
Create a Label
Keeps your drink cool without diluting that big, full flavor.
Whisky Stones® Max Soapstone Beverage Cubes
Whiskey Rocks, Set of 9
Make every sip taste like the first.
The Original Whiskey Ball® Mold
Fill your home with the masculine scents of bourbon, bacon and fresh cut lawn.
Charring a bourbon barrel is an extremely important step in the bourbon making process. The interior of the barrel is set fire over an open flame for a set amount of time depending on the level of char desired. Knob Creek® Distillery exposes their barrels to the deepest level char, an intense level 4, which brings out our big, full flavor.
Traditionally, barrels were charred to sterilize them from their previous use. But now, by law, straight bourbon whiskey must be aged in new American white oak barrels. So why do they still char ‘em? When the white oak is exposed to that level of heat, the sugars in the wood become caramelized. During the aging process, as the weather changes, the barrel expands and pushes the liquid in and out of the wood grain, soaking up the toasty aromas, flavors and color of the oak.
So you see, flavor isn’t fancy. It’s plain ol’ science.
Everyone loves a good comeback story. Before Prohibition, rye whiskey was at the height of its popularity. In fact, due to its spicy and bold flavor profile, it was the primary whiskey used in cocktails. It even inspired more famous classics like the Manhattan. Yes, brothers and sisters, rye was on top.
But as the story goes, Prohibition forced distilleries to rush their aging and blend their liquids, leaving Americans with a taste for lighter flavors. And much like bourbon at that time, rye was left out in the cold.
Luckily for us, things are warming up. The resurgence of bolder flavors and the popularity of the U.S. craft cocktail scene have finally put rye back in the spotlight. Bartenders across the country love what the unique spicy flavor of Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey brings to cocktails, old and new. But don’t take our word for it. Our new recipe section features a number of cocktails featuring the bold, spicy flavor of our rye. So don’t be shy.
In 2009, Knob Creek® Bourbon went missing. Due to unanticipated double-digit growth, the distillery literally ran dry. And for loyal fans, it was their worst nightmare. Six months later, when another batch reached nine years, you could hear the collective sigh of relief across the country. As a bourbon lover, what would be your scariest moment? Here are some of ours:
Opening the freezer only to find that you forgot to re-fill your ice tray.
Ordering an Old Fashioned and watching the bartender reach for a weaker bourbon.
That moment when you look around your new favorite bar and don’t see Knob Creek® bourbon.
The look in your eyes when someone tells you scotch, whiskey and bourbon are all the same.
When you don’t see “Kentucky” on a bourbon label.
Bourbon that’s described as light and delicate.
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the leaves turning color, jackets coming out of the closet, crisp evenings with a glass of bourbon, and of course - football. Whether you're a fan of college, pro, or both, there is something reassuring when that first pigskin weekend kicks off and the official dog days of summer come to their long awaited end.
For some, there is nothing more synonymous with a football game than tailgating. Shoot, there are a lot of folks out there that think tailgating is a bigger deal than actually making it inside to the game. Friends gather at hallowed meeting places and traditions are celebrated and shared. Recipes for favorite game-day foods are brought out again and the camaraderie of rooting on your favorite team starts anew. In other words...people are looking to have a good time. And what goes better with a good time than a couple of cocktails?
My advice for game-day cocktails is to make it a crowd pleaser and keep it simple. To
I enjoy the bold, spicy taste of Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey while I grill. The other day, as I sipped my drink and waited for the grill to preheat, the penny dropped. I can grill my oranges, adding smoky, caramelized fruit flavors to my Old Fashioned. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
How do I grill an Old Fashioned? While preheating the grill for the main course, I put an orange wedge on the grate for a minute or two, long enough to give it good grill marks. After the wedge cools down for a minute, I squeeze a little of the orange juice into a rocks glass, muddle it with sugar cubes and a dash or two of bitters, and stir in some Knob Creek® Rye. Add some ice, the squeezed orange wedge, and top with club soda, and I have a tasty beverage - just what I need to fortify myself for an evening of grilling.
(makes one drink)
1 orange wedge
2 dashes of bitters
2 sugar cubes (or 1/2 teaspoon sugar)
2 parts Knob Creek®