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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 Ive 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 toffee. Peanut brittle. Rich caramel, cocoa and butterscotch.
Thick and rich with no heat. Melon and fruity sweets are here also. Caramel, vanilla and butterscotch are pretty present as well with a distinct lack of big Beam peanut notes.
Long, mild heat with a good deal of oaky pepper.
Another great pick. Finish was a little peppery to climb higher but Id drink through a bottle of this without grumbling whatsoever.