Monday, April 16, 2018

Tasting: Little Book - The Easy

Little Book ”The Easy” is the first release in a new annual series from Jim Beam. Little Book is created by Freddie Noe (Master Distiller Fred Noe’s son), and accordingly to Jim Beam, named after the nickname that Freddie’s granddad, Booker Noe, gave him.
Little Book is a blend of 4 year Bourbon, 13 year corn whiskey, 6 year 100% malt whiskey and 6 year high rye bourbon. It’s a limited release, uncut and unfiltered. Each future Little Book releases will be of a different blend, caring a new name. 

Little Book. The Easy
Blended Straight Whiskey
Cask Strength. Non-Chill Filtered/Natural Color

Distillery: Jim Beam
Mashbill: Not revealed
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: NAS
ABV: 64,1%
Price: $80USD

Points 90/100

This Whiskey got an almost sherry nose upfront, mixed with a solid amount of wheat-bread and oaky barrel-char spices, followed by dark as night intense fruity notes of cherry, prune, plum and raisins. I usually find the caramel and brown sugar notes to play a leading role in most bourbons. But in this one, it runs like an underlying note just beneath the surface. Very accommodating, but yet complex nose. Man, I could nose this whiskey for the entire evening! 

Really creamy full bodied mouth-feel, that starts out very dry, building itself up. This beast just keeps going, unfolding itself, layers after layers, and I’m having a hard time keeping up with it, because it really took me by surprise and caught me off guard. Sweet wheat with more of that dark cherry flavor coming through once again. Really oaky, though it never overpowers the palate and is extremely well integrated. Solid cigar smoke, butterscotch, sweet corn, red pepper and cinnamon is dancing around on the palate, until it very slowly starts to fade away, leaving your mouth filled with tanned leather and sweet sugary candied nuts.    

Long. Tanned leather and sweet sugary candied nuts.

(This review was written as part of a blind tasting)

Review By: Hasse Berg
Photo By: Linus Jonsson