Little Book Whiskey 2020 Chapter 4 Lessons Honored
Chapter Four blends four-year-old Kentucky straight brown rice bourbon, an eight-year-old Kentucky straight high rye whiskey, and a seven-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. It clocks in at 122.8 proof,
The brown rice bourbon represents Noe’s first solo distillation, and makes up a majority of the blend. Rice has a long ferment – two or three weeks, as compared to a typical Kentucky whiskey ferment of three days. Of his dad, Fred Noe, Freddie says, “He taught me… to know when to slow down and be patient.” Maybe having your first project be rice bourbon was part of that training. Maybe, given the timeline, this is that bourbon.
Adding high rye whiskey brings in echos of Freddie and Fred’s first commemorative release, 2017’s Booker’s Rye. About 65% rye, it’s higher than any Beam whiskey since that 2017 special edition. The final component, seven-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, is a younger, cask strength version of Knob Creek, Fred Noe’s favorite flavor profile. The story goes that the elder Noe was tasting through a series of seven-to-nine-year-old Knob Creek samples and this liquid was his favorite.
Like all the Little Book releases, Chapter Four is uncut, unfiltered, and bears Booker Noe’s nickname for Freddie.
Appearance: This whiskey is a very clear, medium copper that coats the glass and forms slow, thick tears.
Nose: The nose is savory; a bit saline, a bit restrained. Orange peel and applewood come through, with whiffs of caramel apple, ripe peach and cinnamon: an early harvest season vibe.
Palate: The rich proof finds it aggressively spicy on the palate, with allspice and black pepper. The fruitiness of the nose returns on the mid palate. A lingering finish circles back to savory, distinctly mushroom and parmesan rind.