Knob Creek Single Barrel is a bourbon we love. Consistently one of the best values around, this 120 proof beast is a bargain at $40 and loaded with oak, maple, vanilla and cinnamon. It’s the complete package, but there’s always room for improvement. What are we looking for specifically in a Binny’s cask? We always taste the barrel samples alongside the everyday bottle, and if the sample isn’t above and beyond the regular stuff it is immediately rejected. From there we look for the classic Knob Creek profile, rich and warming oak spice that doesn’t lean too bitter and a balancing corn sweetness that isn’t too flabby with fruit, vanilla and butterscotch that don’t drown out the oak and grains. There’s always Knob Creek Single Barrel around, but only the best of the best get the Binny’s name put on them. As usual, the Binny’s handpicked casks crank the volume to 11 with added depth and complexity.