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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.
Allspice, clove, tobacco and caramel. Lots of confectioners sugar, butterscotch and rich, floral honey.
Thick and rich, super sweet, with no real heat. Impressive for the proof. Sweet honey, rich tobacco and oak, with rich caramel. Not bitter, not hot, not astringent. Check, check, check.
Long and rich, a nice toffee bomb with good, complex, underlying spice.
Giddy up. This was a great dram with a lot of complexity. My little notebook says "hell yes" in the margins.