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    Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    I recently brought up this topic in the chat room, and I'd like to get more opinions.

    Woodford Reserve and Knob Creek are fairly common bourbons (at least here in Chicago) but do not appear to have a lot of fans here.

    Why is that so? I'm curious to hear from experienced bourbon drinkers. What is it about these brands that make them less interesting? Lack of complexity? Odd flavor notes? Too much hype? Something else?

    Full disclosure: I'm a bourbon newbie and I haven't tried either one yet. Frankly, there are a lot of other bourbons that are well-regarded here which are higher up on my to-taste list.

    I will say that the two sales guys I trust at my neighborhood Binny's have steered me away from both WR and KC. Given that they introduced me to ETL and FRSB, they seem to have pretty good taste.

    Thanks for your guidance, bourbon gurus.

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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    I don't have either one in my cabinet. WR is good enough, but it's too expensive, and I just don't care for KC.

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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    Nothing wrong with either, except that they are just a wee bit over hyped and over priced.

    I'm a big fan of Woodford Reserve. I just wish it was about $10 cheaper.

    Knob Creek has just a little too much oak in it for me.
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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    I like KC alright. It's nice when you want a bourbon on the sweeter side. It's a bummer it's $36, though. I haven't tried WR in a critical manner, so I can't comment on that one.
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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    Knob Creek is great, imho. Woodford Reserve? Not so much...

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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    Yeah, I actually like the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve quite a bit. It's syrupy goodness. Sure I wish it were a tad cheaper, but I could say that about most bourons in this price range.

    Woodford is fine even if it's nothing I ever reach for, but could really use a lil extra ABV for my taste. I'll drink it at a bar happily if it's all they have.

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    Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    At this point I don't keep either of these on hand. Never cared much for WR. It's a perfectly fine drink, but not my style. I've always liked KC, and drink it at my father-in-law's house, or in some bars, but I purchase other bourbons for the house.

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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    i'm off and on with KC. i've had good experiences with bottles but then i'll get a bottle or a pour from a bottle that has too much bitter barrel char which is very off putting to me.
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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    Nothing wrong with either, except that they are just a wee bit over hyped and over priced.

    I'm a big fan of Woodford Reserve. I just wish it was about $10 cheaper.

    Knob Creek has just a little too much oak in it for me.
    Agreed. I'd probably buy WR more at a lower price. But it's pretty good. I really like the Double Oaked.

    KC is good, but I like Baker's better. I always wonder if something like Baker's would get more love if it was not Beam.
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    Re: Common Bourbons That Seem Less Popular Here

    If KC were the price of VOB, it would get a lot more love.
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