Excerpt: Knob Creek 15 is one of those bourbons that is tough — tough — to put down. It’s got the perfect amount of sweetness, filtered through a slightly winey, berry-scented haze which lingers well into the finish.
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After years of Knob Creek Single Barrels, it's intriguing to also see a 15yr Limited Edition release as those older barrels fell off. This is a 15yr Limited Edition batch, and retails for about $100. Let's see how it is.
Fruity and bright. Honey, some toffee, red berries, hint of rich apple pie. Unique and interesting.
Medium to rich mouth feel on the palate. Heat feels well placed. Caramel, some oak here, red berries and apple return once more. This is quite a bit fruitier than the normal Knob Creek profile - far less peanut funk too. It's there, but just a little bit. This is an Apple pie of a release if you ask me - tons of brown sugar, fuji apple, some flaky pastry.
Long finish that's sweet, fruity and decadent.
Once you shake the feeling this is an expensive rebrand of some older KC barrels that would have otherwise gone into private selects, it's not hard to see that this is a totally unique profile for Beam. I think this is intentional. I've never quite seen this side of an apple pie explosion and I never expected it from Beam. This is delightful. I'd happily rebuy.
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