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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.
Peanut brittle, cherry, toffee and some pepper.
Toffee, coffee and a good dose of oak. Cocoa and pepper are pretty prominent here also. The mouthfeel is medium thickness, but a hair on the hotter side. It's dry and savory, not too bitter and not too sweet.
Drier, oakier and a whole lot of peanut brittle caramel.
This pick had nice flavor but wasn't exceptional. Despite the dryness, it felt a bit younger and less "full".