I'm not a Manhatten fan, I don't think Bourbon and Vermouth go all that well together. Agree on orange bitters, very good. Me, I'll take the Old Fashioned, pretty much the same thing, just no Vermouth and a little sugar. Key component for either drink? Some good Luxardo cherries!
At age 44, I never expected my father in law to pay for our wedding but he did. He sent me to the liquor store with his card and said "make sure there is some zindfandel for me and momma. I bought a bunch of the regular stuff, beer, merlot, whatever and one bottle of Knob. I told the bar tender to pour it for people I pointed too. LOL good times. Fun wedding.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Many years ago I bought a hunting cabin near Tahawus, was not and am not a hunter (Sorry Camp) but I loved to hike. After I moved a few things around I found a bottle of Knob Creek 3/4 full way in the back of a cabinet. Took a few sips, not a bourbon drinker but it was OK. I put it back where I found it. I sold the place about 10 years later and built my 4-season house and it remained there for the next owner. I hope he found it and enjoyed it - I have no idea how old it was when I found it but it was 10 years older and still about 3/4 full when I sold the place. I did not tell the owner anything about it - actually I had forgotten about it until I read this thread.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
Have either of you tried other bourbons and didn't like them, or is Knob Creek it because if you like it why try anything else? If you like Knob Creek there are so many other bourbons I'm sure you'd like!
I've tried about a million bourbons, scotches, etc; in real life, I'm in the booze business. A lot of the guys I work with are Makers Mark fanatics but I am generally not a fan of wheated or high rye bourbons (I do like Makers 46 and Makers cask strength though). I like bourbons with traditional mash-bills aged in heavily charred barrels, bottled right around 100 proof. I'm a huge fan of Wild Turkey 101 but I have to concede that Knob is probably a little better. Scotch-wise I love the smokey Islay single malts (Laphroaig 10 yr cask strength is my first choice) but I appreciate the more delicate Speysides (Glenluvet 15 yr). I find a lot of the new hipster-oriented "craft" products to be overpriced and often don't live up to the hype (there are exceptions). In the theoretical "choose one forever" game, Knob Creek would probably be my choice though.