Knob Creek is one of the better all-purpose, modestly-priced bourbons out there. For me, Knob Creek offers a ton of value for their price point and offers some variety in the delectable spirits that they offer. Whether it is Knob Creek’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel Reserve or the Smoked Maple Bourbon that is the perfect amount of smokiness and sweetness to warm you up on a cold fall night. Knob Creek’s newest expression isn’t available at your favorite local liquor store, but it is offered at your friendly neighborhood LongHorn Steakhouse.
Knob Creek and LongHorn Steakhouse teamed up to give whiskey lovers a brand new experience that goes hand and hand with a beautifully cooked ribeye steak. The whiskey distiller from Clermont, Kentucky, provided the popular steakhouse with the good stuff. LongHorn’s beverage experts were cordially invited to a little piece of heaven on Earth, the Knob Creek rackhouse. That’s where they were able to handpick over 200 different casks of the amber-colored liquid happiness.
Knob Creek’s LongHorn Single Barrel Bourbon is now being offered at the national steakhouse and as a service to the BroBible readers, I took the initiative to sample this new whiskey and it is the real deal. Doing my due diligence, I tried the LongHorn Single Barrel Bourbon by Knob Creek straight-up, neat, and in an old fashioned.
The bourbon is pleasantly sweet with flavors of tongue-pleasing caramel but balanced out with a smokey, savory taste. Very smooth, even when having the 120-proof bourbon straight up. There are hints of oaky goodness since this whiskey is aged in barrels for at least nine years and as long as 14 years.
Despite this liquor being a single barrel spirit, LongHorn’s is offering the special edition Knob Creek relatively cheap at $8.49, which is far superior to most cheap cocktails that hide the awfulness of their entry-level alcohol with overly sweet mixers.
The steakhouse also offers the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve in their LongHorn Old Fashioned and I’ve got to tell you, this is handcrafted, sophisticated cocktail that you would never expect at a nationwide restaurant chain. The first thing you’ll notice that a dark Italian Amarena cherry sits on top, which is far superior to the typical, cheaper maraschino cherry that most bars offer.
Then you see that they used the proper ice cube, a two-inch ice rock, much like the ice molds that I have at home for my whiskey beverages. The sweetness of the bourbon is beautifully balanced out with aromatic Angostura bitters.
I can attest that they smokey savoriness pairs perfectly with a fresh-off-the-grill ribeye steak from LongHorns. The Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon is available at all LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants nationwide.