Little Book Batch 1: “The Easy”

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Class:  American Blended Whiskey

Reviewer:  Bobby Long

Its hard to think of a name more synonymous with bourbon whiskey than Jim Beam. Well now it is Beam-Suntory.  And in a move away from the norm, Little Book is a blended American whiskey, not a bourbon.  This is the first of what appears to be an annual limited release blended by Freddie Noe, the 8th generation distiller at Jim Beam, and son of the legendary Booker Noe. It is distilled and aged in Clermont, Kentucky at the Beam-Suntory facility.

Notes:

  • A blend of 13 year old corn whiskey aged in refill barrels, 4 year old straight bourbon, 6 year old high rye bourbon, and 6 year old malt whiskey.
  • Bottled uncut and unfiltered at 64.1% ABV (128.2 proof)

Nose:  Cream, toasted nuts, peanut brittle, and spices at the beginning.  It transitions from there into oak, leather, tobacco, and a hint of citrus.

Body: Big and bold profile with sweet oak and peanuts upfront then some rye like spices and cream. The darker notes - tobacco and leather - come out mid palate, along with some vanilla and a peppery spice.

Finish: Toasted nuts and rye spice with a little cream.  It finishes long and sweet with vanilla and oak and a peppery like spice that balances the sweetness well.

Score:  88/100

Buying Recommendation:  Must Try!  This is an excellent whiskey.  The proof is high, the body is full, and the profile is deep.  I found alot of notes here to be similar to Booker's, but the extra whiskeys in the blend add dimensions of spice and sweetness beyond what is typically found in the bourbon.  This is a whiskey any enthusiast should try - whether that's from a pour at a bar or a bottle at retail for $80.  Even if you aren't a Beam fan, this stands out above the typical Beam product as an all around fun, flavorful, and exciting whiskey.

The Rating Scale

At WBSE we use a true 100 point scale for scoring to allow whiskeys to further differentiate themselves (as opposed to a letter grade scale where 90% of whiskeys fall between 78-92).  This allows you to more easily compare scores between different whiskeys.  Here is how the scale breaks down:

1-49:  Varying degrees of bad

55:  Average

60-69:  Better than average

70-79:  solid/good

80-89:  excellent

90+:  truly exceptional

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All Time Favorite Whiskey: Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel 9 Year

Daily Drinkers: Booker’s Bourbon, Old Ezra 7 Year

Bobby is a self-proclaimed high proof enthusiast. Bobby has always been drawn to high proofs; in college, it was a fairly common sight to see him drinking Everclear straight from the bottle on Saturday evenings at Theta Chi’s Zeta Lambda chapter. Bobby naturally transitioned to drinking more whiskey, and started seeking out more complex whiskeys in his mid 20’s. His whiskey obsession really picked up after he tasted Booker’s and Jefferson’s Reserve. Bobby is a huge fan of bourbon and more recently rye whiskeys, with much to learn yet about scotch. The sweet heat of bourbon and rye is Bobby’s biggest draw.

With a bachelors degree from Westminster College in political science and minor in history, he has worked with spectrum disorder kids and adults for 10 years. When not working with kids or having a glass with friends Bobby is probably fishing, playing video games, shooting targets, playing basketball or spending time with his fiancé. Bobby is easily identified as the short, opinionated guy that is on a mission to find the richest most complex whiskeys the world has to offer.

2 thoughts on “Little Book Batch 1: “The Easy””

  1. Great review, Bobby… I purchased a bottle. At $80+ a bottle, I think I’ll stick with standard Booker’s for the money… It’s EXCELLENT if you add an ice ball…

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