Damn it feels good to be an Oregonian. Why the sudden sense of state pride you might ask? Because we’re one of a few select states where you can buy the new Knob Creek Small Batch Rye Whiskey. Everybody else will need to wait until July 2012.

Knob Creek Rye is a blend of rye whiskeys that have been aged up to nine years. It pours a light amber color in the glass and has distinctly spicy aromas of rye grains and strong oak. The nose hints at sweet vanilla undertones, which open up on the palate, along with notes of cherry, charcoal and tobacco. It remains rich and full-bodied from open to close, and finishes with a warm, lingering spice.

We’ll be sippin’ from this little nectar nipple this weekend on the river.