This store pick Knob Creek single barrel was procured by @thewalkingdad from Beverage Bank in in Whitesburg, Georgia. Word was that it was a top notch barrel so he traveled a ways to grab a few bottles. This is barrel #7049, is 120 proof and is aged 14 years. I'm even a bit surprised Jim Beam wouldn't try and make more money off of a 14yo bourbon by using it in a different product, but I'm glad they didn't.
Bottle opened about a month and is 75% full. Neat in a Glencairn.
Nose: The nose reminds me a bit of OGD 114 with some added depth. Apple skins, big vanilla and salted caramel. Buttered charred oak, some cinnamon and nutmeg. Brown sugar coated pecans. Yes, all very "bourbony."
Palate: Woah! Things go to 10 really fast on the palate and it delivers more than the nose implied. Vanilla cake with rich chocolate frosting. Salted peanuts. Red apple skins and dark cherries. Even some cayenne pepper sprinkled with some lime juice! Entertaining, intense, rich, big and bold with a charred oak backbone. This is not for the faint of heart.
Finish: After the party on the palate wanes, this finishes off with some cherry, apple skins, and vanilla. Charred oak and vanilla then linger a tad longer than everything else.
Overall: This is a big, bold bourbon. I wouldn't have considered the nose "closed" until I took a few sips. The way the palate explodes, the nose really hides what is about to happen. Perhaps some water would open that up? Or maybe the palate is just that good. I dig it. Big flavor, big proof, and good value at $49.99.