Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) holds a news conference in Louisville the day after the GOP gained enough seats to control the Senate in next year’s Congress and make McConnell majority leader. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Knob Creek is all in on its effort to be the winning whiskey of choice at President Obama and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s bourbon summit (Is that definitely happening now?).

The brand publicly offered to sponsor said summit, and, according to an e-mail we obtained, is planning a little gift basket for the new Senate majority leader from Kentucky.

An e-mail circulated by a D.C.-based PR rep, who told us it was sent to us in error and asked us to “kindly disregard,” was addressed to “Team” and said they had permission from McConnell’s office to send him a little care package.

“Our KY PR agency connected with Senator McConnell’s secretary in Louisville, and was told that while the senate has a stringent policy on gifts, we can send a bottle to his team in DC (his legal and ethical teams must first approve any gift approaching the value of $50),” the e-mail says.

It suggests sending “a bottle or two of Knob Creek with rocks glasses and a personal note from Fred?” Fred, we assume is Fred Noe, the master distiller at Jim Beam, the maker of Knob Creek bourbon.

Obama said Wednesday that he’d “enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell.” It’s well known that McConnell enjoys a Manhattan cocktail (so sweet vermouth makers get on it).

Side note: Jim Beam Brands PAC did not donate any money this cycle to McConnell’s hard-fought reelection, according to OpenSecrets.org data.

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