Knob Creek goes back to cork
in Food & Drink
Knob creek has listened to it's customers and ditched the screw top. Knob creek has gone back to the cork top. This may seem silly to people that don't partake in fine spirits, but I thought it took away from the bourbon "experience" every time I had to unscrew the plastic top. It takes away from the aesthetics of bourbon, especially Knob Creek. You just don't put a screw cap on 9 year old bourbon. Glad they have finally come to their senses.
Winemakers have been working hard to dispel the "Screw-top = cheap" perception because it's less expensive and more reliable to use them vs a cork.
But anyway. I like corked whisk[e]y, and I'll take the risk of getting a bad cork to get it.
Objectively, however, screw tops win.
Regarding the screw top wines, I've heard that spoilage due to overseas shipping runs 10% in corked wines. This is virtually eliminated by the screw top.
The winery I joined in Anaheim used natural cork of a high quality that cost them almost $1.50 per cork. I could see some low-volume mid to high priced wineries and distilleries moving to glass corks with a plastic seal if they could be had for $1.00 each.
Thing is, this is kind of like the debate of beer in cans from years ago. For so long, everyone thought cans ruined beer in so many different ways. Today? 10 of last weekends Great American Beer Festival beers were offered exclusively in cans. Every new day, more and more breweries are turning to cans. Does it still feel cheap? Yeah, a little. Does flavor ultimately trump? For me, yeah. I love beer in cans.
I feel like the same thing could happen with corks in the long run. I think more and more people are beginning to realize the benefits of a screwtop, especially in wine.
Even made it on "how it's made".
You'll be simply shocked to hear that their origin story is probably BS, according to random internet commenter guy.
Anyway, none of that really matters when the whiskey hits the glass. Either Bulleit is a great deal for the quality.
2) Bulleit is the only Rye whiskey I could find in the area that wasn't $50+ per bottle... and it tastes good... that's really all I care about at the moment
I'm actually quite fond of Jim Beam and Jack Daniel's for when I want to whisk[e]y but can't money (or the bar I'm at doesn't have any good beer or whisk[e]y).
That being said, I still much prefer a Woodford Reserve, but WR never sent me personally numbered coasters in the mail (Knob Creek did this last week).
Why no cork? Because it's 2013? We are not cowboy's and pirates.
In all seriousness. If we were thinking is a logical and practical way.... All beer would be canned, wine would be boxed, and all spirits in a glass container would have a gasket sealed screw topper.
They took the cork out because it offers nothing in the way of practical value. Knob Creek drinkers wanted it back because of a perception that somehow it adds something to the bourbon that justifies paying double for it.
Also, TIL I am a hipster? Knob Creek is the only bourbon I keep on hand.