Little Book 2017 Release "Batch #1 - The Easy" Blended Straight Whiskey (750ml)

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Between Booker and Fred Noe, it was going to be tough for anyone to follow in the footsteps of Beam's legendary father and son duo, especially the next generation of Noe kin, but I have to give it to young Freddie Noe: he knocked his first shot at succession right out of the park, over the fence, and into the Ohio River. Freddie, or "Little Book" as he's known amongst his family members, has put together his first foray into the whiskey world. Freddie is known as "Little Book" due to a resemblance to his grandfather, but he's also named his whiskey "Little Book" linking it to the brand Booker's as well. It's another full-throttle, 60% ABV+, massive assault on your taste buds, but it's not a straight Bourbon like Booker's. Looking to add something new to the genre, Freddie blended 13 year old corn whiskey with 6 year old malt whiskey, 6 year old rye whiskey, and 4 year old Kentucky straight Bourbon. The result is a blend of straight whiskies that for all intents and purposes tastes exactly like Bourbon, even if it isn't. It's not some wacky, weird, craft-oriented approach to make something completely new. The palate is rich and spicy, blistering with baking spices and classic Beam texture, but with a fatness from the malt and extra spice from the rye. It's freaking delicious. I think blending skills are going to be what separates the men from the boys as the whiskey glut continues to grow and the Little Book is one beautifully blended whiskey. (David Driscoll, K&L Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2017 | Send Email
LIke a great artist the newest blending master Freddie Noe has created a whisky that showcases how good it can get when you truly understand how to put whisky together. As my colleague Andrew put it, something greater than the sum of its part. The nose on this immediately told me it was from the Noe family, there is just something unique to me about the bigness and richness I get in the nose of those whiskeys. On the palate though it becomes apparent that this is a whiskey not just a bourbon. There is a lot of cool exotic spice notes and fruit characteristics that play with the big vanilla and caramel from the corn. A welcome new addition to the American whiskey scene.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2017 | Send Email
I think a reasonable definition of a good blend is something that shows as greater than the sum of its parts. The Little Book is a great blend. You can find the exact specs any number of places (like the top of this page), but the combination of straight corn, rye, malt, and a traditional bourbon mash definitely adds up to outstanding. A truly unique combination on today's whiskey market this is big, rich, intense, and full throttle pleasure.The nose alone screams bourbon. The sweet and supple corn is obvious. But you have to wonder what awaits in the glass because there is something extra. Not just the extra spice of rye, but the delicacy of malt. A bit of creme brulee and fruit shine through with the intense combination of sweet and savory baking and cooking spices. The little book also delivers the heat. Full proof gives you the flexibility to serve it any way you like. If you want to enjoy the full-throated roar of Bookers, no problem. Want to water it back? Enjoy the softer side of life and pick apart the different whiskeys that make up this incredible blend. Surely this first edition will become a collector's item.

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Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 64.1