Booze Review – The Knot

The Ad…

The Front of the Bottle…

The Back of the Bottle…

The Verdict…

  • Appearance: Pours like watered down maple syrup. Really long legs after giving it a swirl. Thanks to the addition of caramel coloring, it has a rich amber hue.
  • Aroma: Butterscotch and Balsamic Vinegar, but not in a good way. I actually opened up a bottle of 18 year old Balsamic Vinegar to confirm that my nose wasn’t completely crazy.
  • Taste: Syrupy sweetness that does a good job of masking it’s 50% ABV. Caramel, butterscotch, and yes, a hint of balsamic vinegar tartness.

When we first opened The Knot, we thought we were going to be drinking Irish Whiskey (Limpd picked this up for $20). Upon further inspection, we noticed that the word whiskey is nowhere to be found on the front or back of the bottle (FYI, the website link on the back label doesn’t work). This is more of a whiskey liqueur, and not a very good one at that. After drinking some Sazerac Rye, Highland Park 18, Eagle Rare 17, Lagavulin 16, and one or two more whiskies, this stuff is just too sickeningly sweet. Adding a good slosh of water (mostly to clean out the glass and go back to the good stuff) helped to make it taste a bit better, but it’s still not something that I would want to try again anytime soon. A clever ad and some clever words on the back of the bottle do not a good beverage make! I guess Limpd’s habit of picking up a “pretty bottle” every once in awhile didn’t pay off this time around. Only one question remains… what the f#$% is this stuff?

For an alternative view and some more insight into this very odd beverage, click on over to Slainte: The Irish Whiskey Blog.


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25 thoughts on “Booze Review – The Knot

  1. The description on the Irish Whiskey Blog is spot on calling this stuff “Celtic Southern Comfort”. Sweet and over flavored. I can see this being a hit with the ladies. I am not sure what this stuff is either but I know it is not Whiskey.

  2. Thank you boys for saving me…I’ve seen the bottle at several local establishments, including a few Irish pubs (where the barkeep always refers to at as Irish whiskey), and would have tried it sooner or later. Now it will be never!

  3. While I take full responsibility for the purchase of this caramel swill, I must offer in my defense that I was horribly misled by the bottle. Once again, I saw something shiny and was done in by the packaging.

    • It was a valiant effort to try something new without breaking the bank. We’ve all spent more on worse things. I too have been tempted by The Knot when I’ve seen it in the Irish Whiskey section of numerous wine & spirits shoppes. I can now say that I have had it, and that I doubt that I’ll ever have it again.

    • I just bought the bottle tonight, i’ve been a jack guy for a while and have been trying other whiskeys. I saw the cool bottle and I figured “the Kracken rum has a cool bottle and was good this should be too”……I was wrong, it’s so sweet it makes my nose curl up.

  4. Well, I ran this by a female product testing panel and while they all commented on the strength of the alcohol, no one turned it down. Perhaps, the sweetness lends itself more to a ladies beverage.

    • I wonder if this stuff is popular on college campuses. You know how those crazy kids like their shots of uber-strong beverages. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw this mixed with that vile Red Bull energy drink.

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    • While some of the fellas certainly didn’t care for it, I think I was more disappointed as The Knot is more of a cordial than it is a whiskey. Certainly, not something to be shooting back with more traditional whiskies, the ladies (who may have only been having one) really seemed to enjoy it.

  7. On this beautiful 2013 St. Patty’s Day I decided to try The Knot out of homeage to my almost pure-blooded Irish heritage. I rarely stray from high quality vodka as whiskey tends to make me more than a little bit rowdy. I really enjoyed this. Smooth and butterscotchy. A plus is I haven’t punched anyone yet, nor do I feel like doing so.

  8. It says Liqueur in tiny little letters on the bottom right side of the front label. Of course, I was taken in by the pretty packaging and didn’t notice it until I took a drink. I am trying not to be angry at it. Perhaps a sweet after dinner drinky thing?? At any rate, I called the shop I got it from and they had not noticed the little Liqueur on the label either.
    Next time, I will do my research BEFORE I pop over there LOL

  9. Bought The Knot thinking it was whiskey. Really disliked it, and could not stand drinking it neat. I was bummed because I didn’t research it before I bought it. Experimented a bit and find it is ok when used in a manhattan; try it with a bit of sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, bitters. And yes, it must be shaken. Don’t know what to call it, maybe a Manknotan ???

  10. I like The Knot whether its called a whiskey or a liquer. It will be a spirit to be shared from my cabinet of scotch and irish offerings.

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