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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.
Sweet honey, vanilla, strawberries and cream. Pepper and allspice, some clove and tobacco. Really rich, but really earthy.
Thick, sweet and rich. Really peppery, super earthy and a surprising amount of heat for the age. Oaky, but loaded with vanilla and toffee.
Bitter and peppery at first, giving way to tons of vanilla and a surprising amount of strawberries and cream character.
This was interesting and sort of all over the place. I liked it, but the bitterness and the heavy earthiness in places keeps this from scoring above average.