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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.
Caramel, butterscotch. Lots of rich peanut brittle. Sweet vanilla and butter cream. Nice subtle oak.
Thick, rich and viscous. Sweet peanut brittle combined with a nice balance of oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Its really rich, almost like dessert but the oak balances very well, keeping the sweet and bitter in check.
Long with some heat. Nice vanilla notes with a good amount of caramel, some savory oak and a bit of light tannins.
This is really quite good. I got oak on the nose which often is an early indicator to me that the finish may be a bitter mess, but this was quite the opposite. I really enjoyed how complex it was and, despite the heat, it was really quite pleasant neat.