By Mike Thayer
Blended and flavored whiskeys continue to be red hot in popularity, consumer demand for brown spirits remains on the rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.
Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks. My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Ole Smoky Peanut Butter flavored whiskey. It's BETTER than Skrewball!
Today's review is a taste of maple! I was gifted a bottle for Christmas, a very pleasant surprise.
Here's the short description from the Knob Creek website: We blend this bourbon with natural smoked maple flavors for a unique, smoky sweetness.
I sampled this whiskey in a straight shot and on the rocks. In pulling the stopper, you get a nice whiff of maple with a hint of smoke. At 90 proof, this bourbon is full-bodied, you get the maple at the front but it's not overly sweet and is followed by the smoke and complimentary notes of vanilla and caramel. It's an excellent, warm, bourbon finish. I enjoyed it best on the rocks, the ice elevating all the flavor notes in a cleaner sip if you will.
Retailing for about $30, Knob Creek Smoked Maple is a higher quality whiskey than say Jim Beam. It's slightly sweet but not too maple forward, it's smokey smooth and deserves a spot in your liquor cabinet. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. A great fall/winter sipping whiskey, I'm reserving this for special occasions and it's most definitely a repeat buy.
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