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America’s native rye whiskey is experiencing a comeback.

And one of the newest entries in this spirited race is Knob Creek Rye Whiskey ($40.99). Knob Creek was one of the original four small-batch bourbons introduced by Jim Beam in the 1990s, and since then it has become one of Beam’s most popular brands. Now the new Knob Creek Rye Whiskey maintains this tradition. At 100 proof, it is a rich, full-bodied rye, with a spicy, herbal aroma and flavours of vanilla and heavy oak, making it ideal for a rocks glass with a few cubes of ice, or in a perfect Manhattan. No wonder it won a Double Gold Medal at its premiere showing during the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. (www.knobcreek.com)