I have been struck by the fact that Beam Brands has stayed for many years with its small batch range, of which KC is the oldest at 9 years.
I have often wondered if KC would be improved by another 3 years or so in the barrel.
I think it would be because the Beam bourbons seem in general to age relatively slowly. After all, Beam Black and KC are not notably barrely bourbons. Another 3 years for KC, or Booker's or Baker, might bring them into perfect pitch. Even if you consider them perfect now, availability at a higher age would offer an alternative that would appeal to many.
A 100 proof Old Overholt at 7-8 years might be a very interesting drink. I think the vegetal-like notes in most Beam whiskeys (KC apart) might undergo partial modification. You might get some estery qualities developing, notes of aged flowers and so forth.
I guess Beam is selling all it can now, and that's fine of course for their presumed business model, but generally all producers produce a specialty item or two as a filip for the product line, and to maintain consumer interest (as we see being done with Four Roses for example). The small batch line was innovative when first released and for years afterwards, but I think it would be interesting, today, to sample Knob Creek, say, at 12 years old.
Any thoughts yea, nay or other?