Freddie Noe, the grandson of Jim Beam’s late master distiller Fred “Booker” Noe, has created his first whiskey. It’s named “Little Book” after a nickname that the elder Noe gave the younger as a child. It is expected to be an annual limited release.
Little Book is an uncut, unfiltered whiskey in the style of the ever-popular Booker’s bourbons. There are some definite differences, though, as this one is not a bourbon. Rather it’s a blend of different whiskeys, including a four-year-old Kentucky bourbon, a 13-year-old corn whiskey, a six-year-old high-rye whiskey, and a a six-year-old 100% malt whiskey. (Apparently those last two ages are approximate.) If I had to guess, I’d say there’s a lot of bourbon in the ratio.
It’s bottled at a whopping 128.2 proof, with an MSRP of $79.99.
Little Book “The Easy” Blended Straight Whiskey, 64.1% ($79.99)
In the glass, this is a deep mahogany color. I’m not sure which of the component whiskeys is contributing such a hue. The nose is a blast of ethanol, but there is some sweetness underlying it, with cherries and marzipan. At first sip, it is very hot, as the proof would suggest. Almost overwhelmingly so. It also has a rough character that I attribute to its youth. With a little water, there is a confectionery sweetness, with vanilla and dark fruit, followed by a brief, drying oak finish with a faint vegetal note at the very end, presumably from the corn whiskey. Little Book is an interesting whiskey, for sure, and not like anything else I can think of. I recommend drinking it on the rocks.