I can fully appreciate the unique character of a bourbon that comes when a master distiller selects one special single barrel, but is it really better? Single barrel bourbons are naturally less consistent. They're interesting and lord knows I've spent too much money on them, but they're not often my first choice to drink. I like small batch but I don't know that single barrel is really a plus. Elijah Craig 12yr, most PVW's, Woodford, Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon - they're great and they're consistent but not single barrel. Doesn't the action of choosing barrels to blend for a small batch really let the distiller exercise his art? I'd really like to know everyone else's opinion.