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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.
Oak, leather, peanut butter. Toffee, lots of tobacco.
Thick and rich, some heat though. Toffee, pepper, tobacco and oaky. It is certainly oaky, but in a dry manner. It helps balance a lot of the big toffee notes without becoming too bitter which is an impressive line to walk.
Long, sweet and a bit hot. It's not punishing, though. Caramel is really big here, as is clove and pepper.
This is a pretty impressive pick and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a little on the dry side, but at 12 years, I wouldn't consider it over oaked.