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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 I've 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.
Toffee, graham cracker, peanut brittle. Really a nice blend of dessert notes here. Some caramel and some pepper are also present.
Thick and rich, very little heat. Lots of peanut brittle, some oak. Its almost buttery, with a good amount of vanilla. Some faint fruitiness also.
Long, really complex. Some cocoa shows up here, lots of vanilla and buttercream. Hint of oak.
I'm going to bet this is a bit older than 9 years. Overall, though, what's important is the flavors and they're really great. I liked this pick a lot and the richness of the palate makes this an easy rating.