Knob Creek 10 Year Rye Review

Knob Creek Rye was first introduced in 2012. The portfolio has expanded over the years, with this latest addition now boasting a 10-year age statement. Intrigued? Dive into our detailed review to explore more about this delicious whiskey!
Knob Creek
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Aged Ten Years
100 Proof
MSRP: $69.99 / 750ml

Please enjoy our Knob Creek 10 Year Rye review!

Knob Creek Rye Was First Introduced in 2012

I have always been a big fan of Knob Creek Rye, but I felt that it didn’t really get the recognition that it deserved. When it was originally introduced in 2012, it did not bear an age statement. A year or two ago, a 7 year age statement was added, although that really didn’t seem to cause much of a stir. The latest release has a 10 year age statement, which I would think should be difficult to overlook. I guess we’ll see.

The new Knob Creek 10 Year Old Rye is a permanent addition to the Knob Creek portfolio. It joins Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Rye Whiskey and Knob Creek 7 Year Rye Whiskey.

Mash Bill

The mash bill is undisclosed. However, the 7 year rye is said to have a “high corn mash bill”, and this rye is assumed to use the same one. Therefore, we don’t expect the rye content to be too much greater than the required 51%.

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Tasting Notes – Knob Creek 10 Year Rye Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Brown sugar, rye spices and orange citrus; hint of anise; fresh rye bread; touch of dry oak; pinch of powdered sugar; relatively mild alcohol for the proof
👉🏻Taste: Brown sugar and honey; orange citrus and rye spices; dry oak and mild tannins
👉🏻Finish: Growing black pepper spice with lingering brown sugar sweetness and orange peel; dry oak and mild char later on; fairly long with a pleasant warmth

The nose is full and rich with brown sugar sweetness, with an added dusting of powdered sugar, to boot. There are the expected rye spices, but they are relatively mild. Orange citrus is surprisingly dominant, with an added hint of anise, for good measure, all on a background of fresh rye bread. The taste brings similar flavors, starting off fairly sweet with brown sugar and honey, but transitioning to a bit spicier and tart as the flavors turn more to orange citrus and rye spice. Some tannins, black pepper and dry oak appear later on.

The fairly long finish has moderate black pepper spice and increasing dryness, with mild dry oak and growing barrel char later on. Dryness and mild char linger in my mouth, although there is an overall pleasant warmth, too.

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A Well-Aged Rye Whiskey

Knob Creek 10 Year Rye is doing what older ryes do. The rye spices have mellow out a bit, and the flavors have become quite complex. What is a little surprising to me is how much tart orange citrus is present. Often that has mellowed quite a bit at this age, similar to the rye spices. Nonetheless, in this case, it has not. The combination of bourbon and confectionary like flavors, such as brown and powdered sugar, combined with the spice and citrus of the rye, makes this a delicious pour.

Bottle and Glencairn Glass - Knob Creek 10 Year Old Rye Review
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Conclusion – Knob Creek 10 Year Rye Review

Sometimes with older ryes, particularly in those with a high corn content, the line between rye and bourbon becomes a bit blurred. However, that is not the case here. Knob Creek 10 Year Old Rye is still quite definitely a rye, but with a wider range of flavors than are usually present. I am really enjoying it. In addition, the fact that it should be readily available, and has an MSRP of just $69.99, further adds to its allure. Have you tried it? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Knob Creek 10 Year Rye review! If you would like to read about some other related whiskeys, then check out our Knob Creek 9 Year Bourbon and Knob Creek 12 Year Bourbon reviews! If you would like to learn more about the James B. Beam Distillery, where this whiskey is made, then you’ll want to read our James B. Beam Distilling Tour Review!

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