What I am most curious about is how this new label will effect the Knob Creek single barrel selection program. Will we still be able to find those 12, 13, 14 and 15 year old store picks? And if we can, will they still be priced at ~$45? Who knows. I sure hope Jim Beam has a massive stockpile of these older barrels, but only time will tell. I am also curious what the next label will be that we see show up. A Knob Creek 15 Year cask strength maybe?
No information on price or distribution footprint is available as of yet. Likely the price will be >$70 as that is the price of the normal Knob Creek 12 Year bourbon.
For me personally, I cannot imagine this new cask strength version being that far superior to some of the older single barrel Knob Creek selections I have tried. Given this new cask strength bourbon will be lower proof and likely double the price, I will still be seeking out Knob Creek picks anytime they are available. They still remain one of the best values in bourbon, and I hope it stays that way.