November 29, 2007

Corner Creek Bourbon Review

Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Kentucky Whiskey made with corn, wheat, and rye
8 Years Old
88 Proof (44% ABV)
Typical Price: Mid-$20 range
The Company Line: A selection of the distillery's finest barrels. Smoothed to perfection with pure Kentucky limestone water. Full-bodied, but without any harshness.
Available at Internet Wines & Spirits

Our Thoughts: The first thing that struck us about Corner Creek was the fact that everyone who saw the bottle initially thought it was a wine bottle. We thought this was interesting because the round-shouldered bottle definitely stands out from other whiskey packaging we've seen, plus we didn't mind the idea of being able to hide our bourbon in the wine rack.

When we got the bottle open, the nose was sweet and sultry with no harshness. When we tasted it straight, that sweetness carried through and we were blown away by how smooth this bourbon was. There was no hint of that harshness you get from a lot of rye in the blend, and while we usually take a drop of water in our whiskey we were fully able to enjoy Corner Creek straight.

Corner Creek had a light to medium body that fits with its deep amber color, and a sweet and smoky taste that kept us coming back for more. The finish was long and dare we say sexy, like a nice deep kiss from that special someone you didn't think was interested in you. We were immediately in love, and struck by the fact this was a refined bourbon we would recommend to any of our whiskey snobbish friends.

The Verdict: Corner Creek is a diamond in the rough, and we would expect to pay far more than the $25 or so dollars it costs for a bourbon of this quality and taste. At 88 proof and with that sweet tinge it won't burn off your tongue, and if you're anything like us you'll continually want to wrap your tongue around it. Great value, distinctive bottle, exciting taste - highly recommended for anyone looking to dip their toe into the bourbon world without spending too much.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 29, 2007 8:50 AM
Recent Comments

I discovered Corner Creek a couple months back, and was also amazed at it smoothness. Bought another bottle soon after, and it's definitely on my list of bourbons that I'll continually buy. Had some friends with less bourbon experience try it, and they were also amazed at how easy it went down. Well worth the price, and hopefully it stays cheap for a while before the world discovers its excellence.

Posted by: Floyd at June 26, 2010 11:20 PM

Guess I don't know my bourbon. Bought a bottle of Corner Creek and Old Fitz 1849. Close to the same price, under 20 dollars each. The Old Fitz could easily sell for more. The Creek tastes a lot like dirty creek water with alcohol. Even under 20 bucks, it is well over priced.

Posted by: MRK at May 30, 2010 9:47 AM

Yeah, this be a bourbon engineered to break into the wine-drinking crowd. Ergo the wine-like bottle and the silky smoothness without the firey bite of rye in this formulation. Nice. I savor the malty notes of barley? in the long finish aftertaste without the weightiness. Good floral components too. Really light bodied but big on taste. Personally, Knob Creek, a really rye heavy boubon is more my regular with lots of kick that'll "put hair on your chest".

Posted by: Scooterboy at July 7, 2009 9:59 PM

Thanks for the review, I'd like to try this. Although, there are some very fine bourbons that come in similar packaging. Two of Jim Beam's Small Batch Collection whiskeys, Booker's and Baker's 107 both resemble wine. They are some of my two favorites. Put your boots on for Booker's though.

Posted by: Matt at May 14, 2008 10:51 AM
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