Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Single Barrel (barreled 2/11/2004), 60.9%

Price: $130 Issue: Summer 2017 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

When the caramel train comes, it rarely returns after such strong earthy notes of roots, hay, and soil. It's the same story in the next round: first, pan-fried sweet potatoes and parsnips dominate; caramel returns with vanilla, allspice, and white pepper. Then the odd but welcomed combo of campfire-smoked marshmallows and gingersnaps just before a long caramel finish. Very unique.