Excerpt: This is a bottle to bring out on special occasions and to impress discerning whiskey drinking fans. Its bold and complex flavor is a love letter to the folks who've supported the Knob Creek brand for the past 25 years.
Excerpt: It's wonderfully balanced, with a warming spiciness and moderate vanilla notes. Aiming for no extremes, it's simply very easy to enjoy, and a worthy bottling to celebrate the brand's anniversary.
Excerpt: To sum it up, this is pretty nice. The heat is a little unbridled, though, which surprises me for the proof. I like that the oak isn't a runaway train, though, and that lets the nice caramel toffee meld very well.
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Knob Creek Single Barrels have long been a product easily available at most stores. In the last several years, picking private barrels of various ages has become more commonplace. Picks between 9 and 16 years of age have been popping up with great regularity and Ive taken it upon myself to try a variety and see how they fare. Some time ago, Knob Creek exhibited what may have been the largest barrel variation commonly agreed on in the bourbon community with some barrels ranging from wretched to godly. It has been my feeling that, as of late, the overall quality of these barrels being picked has risen, adding a slightly higher floor than existed before.
Sweet caramel. Peanut brittle. Toffee, corn, brown sugar, molasses and mild acetone.
Medium mouthfeel with a big whallop of heat. Sugar, corn, peanut brittle. Tobacco, leather, pepper, some toffee and caramel.
Medium to long but definitely hot here. A bit hotter than Id like. Peanut brittle, some nice oak, dry but not too bitter.
To sum it up, this is pretty nice. The heat is a little unbridled, though, which surprises me for the proof. I like that the oak isn't a runaway train, though, and that lets the nice caramel toffee meld very well.
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