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1792 Small Batch vs Knob Creek 9 Year: Discover the Better!

Discover the differences between 1792 Small Batch vs Knob Creek 9 Year in this head to head comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!

1792 Small Batch

NoseCharred oak, banana, rye spice
PalateCinnamon, oak, banana, ripe fruit
FinishMedium-length, cinnamon, pepper, oak
Alcohol content94 proof (47% ABV)
How to drinkRocks, cocktails
Similar toBuffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve

The nose is rich in burnt oak, banana with a light touch of green apple and rye spice. It comes together to be somewhat earthy and creamy as you let it sit on the glass.

Palate is smooth with hints of cinnamon moving across the mouth before gradually intensifying and being joined by bitter dry oak notes.

There are notes of banana and ripe fruit, but they are immediately overwhelmed by the spice leaving this dram a bit one dimensional and fairly unbalanced.

The finish has a medium-length with a lingering cinnamon spiciness and dry oak and is a bit warm but nothing off-putting.

A little forgettable perhaps, yet easy to drink without thinking about it. It has a few nice tasting notes, but out of balance and not quite developed.

Adding a drop of water makes it a tad sweeter, brings more oak and tunes down the warmth. Does well as a mixer although I’d rather use a more punchy and cheap rye whiskey to make a tasty cocktail.

I’d rather look into the 1792 Bottled in Bond or the 1792 Single Barrel that are far better!

There are a few facts worth knowing about 1792 Small Batch:

  • Prior to 2013 this whiskey had an 8 year age statement.
  • The whiskey carries a high proportion of rye in the mash providing a spicy note.
  • 1792 celebrates the year in which Kentucky was recognized as a state.
  • Double Gold Medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • 1792 is the year in which Kentucky was recognized as a state; the brand was launched in 2002.

Knob Creek 9 Year

NoseCherry, vanilla, caramel, rye spice, oak
PalateVanilla, oak, cherry, chocolate, peanuts
FinishLong, vanilla, banana, baking spices
Alcohol content100 proof (50% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water, rocks
Similar toBulleit Bourbon, Maker’s Mark

The Knob Creek is crafted at the same distillery and using the same mash bill as the classic Jim Beam but there is very little in common when it comes to flavor as the Knob Creek is waaaay better.

Nose brings cherry up-front, followed by vanilla, caramel, oak and and a spicy note from the rye.

On the palate the Knob Creek offers a buttery texture showing a creamy body. First sip feels pleasantly warm with more vanilla and oak, along chocolate, a cherry note and the peanut note of the whiskeys crafted by Jim Beam.

The finish is long and warming and supremely drinkable at 100 proof and has plenty to appreciate.

Knob Creek is amazingly solid without any off-notes, with a thick creamy body that you can almost chew.

Knob Creek (Alternatives) is bottled at 100 proof, making it a high proof spirit, but it goes down nicely as there is no harshness or bad bite in this bourbon. I can’t recommend it enough.

The best way of drinking the Knob Creek is neat or straight. If you want to make it more tasty add a few drops of water allowing rich floral notes to emerge while making it more enjoyable.

There are a few facts worth knowing about Knob Creek:

  • Bottled at 100 proof.
  • It was originally launched in 1992 as part of Jim Beam Small Batch Collection with a 9 year age statement.
  • The age statement was removed in 2016 but made a comeback in April 2020.
  • Knob Creek ages in white oak barrels with the maximum possible char.
  • The mash bill is made from 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley; Jim Beam uses the same mash bill.
  • Knob Creek Bourbon was created by Booker Noe, who after joining Jim Beam in 1950 was promoted to Master Distiller just ten years later.

1792 vs Knob Creek: Price comparison

Price are approximate and stated in USD:

1792 Small Batch$33
Knob Creek 9 Year $39

1792 Small Batch vs Knob Creek: Which is better?

Knob Creek delivers a better experience

WhiskeyRedemptionKnob Creek
  • The Knob Creek is way better than the 1792.
  • It ticks in all the right boxes for having a better body, more balance, more interesting tasting notes, less warmth despite having more proof and entirely more satisfying.
  • I’m really fond of the Knob Creek which makes one of the bes bourbon at this price range.
  • It has the peanut note of the whiskeys crafted at the Jim Beam Distillery but is quite good and one that I can’t recommend enough.

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