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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, cocoa, toffee and a healthy dose of caramel. Faintly oaky. Overall, it reminds me of the holidays with the heavy caramel and peanut brittle.
Medium mouth feel, some heat. Toffee, oak, pepper. Lots of dessert notes but they blend nicely with a little more spicy side.
Long and sweet with faint heat. Very restrained. Waffle-y.
Thinner on the palate but a really nice nose and finish make this an enjoyable pick.