Turning the page into 2021, Little Book Chapter 5: “The Invitation” is the fifth chapter in 8th Generation Beam Distiller Freddie Noe’s Little Book Whiskey annual release series.
This year’s iteration contains four straight whiskies of varying ages, distillation styles and resulting flavor profiles. Company-provided tasting notes are as follows:
- A 2-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon comes off the still and goes into the barrel at a lower proof. With an almost creamy mouthfeel, sweet grain flavor presents itself, creating a complexity for such a young age.
- A 3-Year-Old malted 100% rye whiskey brings in peppery notes to the final blend common to rye, with complexity of toasted grain/cereal and a hint of nuttiness.
- A 5-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon has hints of vanilla. A complexity of corn sweetness on the nose and a smooth finish help balance the flavors from the younger whiskies and the 15-year-old bourbon.
- The 15-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon provides a heavier barrel flavor. This liquid specifically adds a lot of complexity in the final blend.