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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 is really apparent here, even after 20 minutes or so. Then, lovely honey, caramel and some nice oak are present. A really delicious Reese's Peanut Butter Cup note is really prominent and enticing, along with some rich toffee.
Medium mouth feel with some heat present. Reese's note continues and some faint melon, cocoa and pepper are also present.
Medium length, growing bitter with some astringency here.
This is a good, unique, off profile pick, but a tad astringent.