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    BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    Bourbon of the Month, June 2005:

    Knob Creek

    You've asked for it, and here it is, the first Straightbourbon.com bourbon of the month!

    Post your comments, tasting notes and anecdotes here. This thread will stay pinned throughout the month of June, at which time another bourbon will be chosen for the follwing month...etc.

    Sound off!

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    I've been toying with buying a bottle of this stuff for over a year having had quite a few pours of it in a local pub. Nice but it's got that Jim Beam licorice edge, which puts me off ever so slightly. It's on the to 'get list' but not high up.

    In the UK 'Knob' is slang for a man's 'little guy', which makes ordering a 'large Knob Creek' nigh on impossible

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    I don't get licorice so much as I do Maple in all Beam bourbons. For me the flavor works best in Baker's, but it's pleasant enough in KC as well. Initially I found KC to be rather hot and astringent, and I went about 2 years between bottles. I must admit that my impressions have changed considerably. I'm really enjoying this latest bottle.

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    I've been toying with buying a bottle of this stuff for over a year having had quite a few pours of it in a local pub. Nice but it's got that Jim Beam licorice edge, which puts me off ever so slightly. It's on the to 'get list' but not high up.

    In the UK 'Knob' is slang for a man's 'little guy', which makes ordering a 'large Knob Creek' nigh on impossible
    How much is KC in the UK?

    I'm glad you clarified the "knob" reference. I remember reading an interview with Ewan McGregor (Scottish, yes? But probably same slang?) in which he commented about the rudeness of the brand name "Knob Creek" - in jest, of course. I think the interview took place in a bar, which prompted the comment. Where were the overseas marketing guys when they were naming the brand? Speaking of marketing...thought it was kind of interesting how the "Knob Creek Network" sort of replaced the "KY Bourbon Circle." Obviously, the marketing push for this brand is big within Beam.

    Where is Knob Creek anyway? The KC propaganda I have seen says it's the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln. Can you visit it?

    As for the whiskey itself, it was a better buy when it was a little more reasonably priced in VA. The quotes I see of ~$20 elsewhere would be more in line with current WT, EWSB and VG 90 prices here. At that price, I like it a little more.

    Prompted by its selection as BOTM, I am drinking it right now - thus making this post straddle two threads! I get a combination of floral and leather aromas, some mint and licorice on the palate and a lingering finish. Somehow unique in the small batch collection yet still quintessentially Beam.

    BOTM - this is a great idea, Jeff!

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    ...Where is Knob Creek anyway? The KC propaganda I have seen says it's the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln. Can you visit it?...
    Lincoln's Boyhood Home, an historical site with some period (though not original) buildings, a picnic area, and a nice split-railed meadow on the site where the Lincolns lived, is between Hodgenville (where Lincoln was born) and New Haven. I stop every time I go by it -- there's just something about communing awhile with a location so closely related to such a towering figure. The Knob Creek homestead was the earliest one Lincoln remembered, by his own account. And, it was from Knob Creek itself that his boyhood friend Austin Gollaher saved 7yo Abe from drowning.

    edited to avoid looking any more ridiculous for not looking at the map.
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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    between Harrodsburg (where Lincoln was born) and New Haven.
    Actually Knob Creek is where Lincoln was born and Hodgenville is the site of the birthplace park. It was a farm Tom Lincoln bought when young Abe was 9 or so. The cabin on display there is thought to be a model of a cabin from Abe's boyhood period that saw it's days moved about in carnivals, maybe. But certainly no one claims it to be the actual cabin.

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    Yeah -- that's what I meant, but I'm not local, and didn't have my map in front of me. I can drive there, even without knowing where I'm going.
    Hodgenville. Go where I mean, not where I say.

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood home is located right beside Knob Creek in LaRue County, Kentucky. There is a very small one room log cabin on the site and a very large log cabin, that was used for refreshments/bar/souvenirs/ and lots of historical facts about Lincoln...I have always called that area Knob Creek and the large log cabin, Lincoln's Tavern

    For official records, I talked to the folks at the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville...I asked them, what is the actual location, is it Athertonville or Knob Creek?...I was told, neither...and given the location as being between Hodgenville and Athertonville. She said Knob Creek is the name of the creek that runs nearly right beside his boyhood home. The actual mailing address is Hodgenville, Kentucky.

    Bobby stated, the old log cabin is not the actual home that young Abe spoke about----Abe has said that his happiest days of is life were at Knob Creek---There are two log cabin's on this 200+ acre farm. The other log cabin was the party place for years and years. That's how it was tagged "Lincoln's Tavern" by all the local's...In the 40's, 50's and 60's you could go there and dance, and party all the time. It was "the place" to have a good time.

    It was privately owned by the Howard family from Hogenville for years. Several years ago, it was purchased by the State of Kentucky and now is a official "State Park"

    We have had many "Beam Reunions" at that park. I have waded thru Knob Creek many times catching crawdads and tadpoles". I leaned to swim not far from that place The local "Boy Scouts" used the farm quite often for camping.

    Young Abe's Daddy worked at a Distillery (Boone Brother's) just a few miles north (Athertonville) from their Knob Creek log cabin. It's states in "The Nelson County Record" (1896) by Sam Elliot, that young Abe would walk to that distillery to bring his father his lunch...Young Abe worked for the Boone Brother's Distillery for a short time

    I know this is drifting abit but it still relates to Knob Creek (the subject) and Bourbon This story of Abe and Lincoln's Tavern is one of my favorites ...

    Bettye Jo

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    Hi Dave and Tina,



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    How much is KC in the UK?


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    It's between 20 and 25, ($36 - $46), but remember a bottle JB white label is around 15 ($27), so it's not too bad.

    I just bought a bottle (literally 10 minutes ago !). I've also got some Rock Hill Farms, WT Rye and Henrt McKenna 10YO on the way. I plan to crack one open a week, starting with the KC tonight. I'll let you know.

    I concur that BOTM is a great idea.

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    Re: BOTM, 6/05: Knob Creek

    One of the better Beam variations IMO. I always have some around and think it is way ahead of their Basil Hayden's.


    For future reference, just what are the standards for BOTM? Is it a popularity contest or just what you decide?

 

 

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