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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.
Ethanol, fresh fruit, orange peel, oddly floral. Creamy buttercream, toffee.
Sweet toffee, oak and pepper and allspice. Really bitter note and some astringent plastic. There's some heat in here also, but its very herbal and bitter.
Long, hot and peppery.
Swing and a miss. This was weirdly herbal and definitely hot. Too hot, too bitter for me. Better luck on the next one, I hope!