Little Book Chapter 3:
The Road Home
Aptly named, this is the third release in the annual Little Book series. Created by Freddie Noe, each year’s release has been unique. This one should be my favorite, because it is a blend of the four bourbons which make up Beam’s Small Batch Bourbon Collection. It contains a blend of 9 year old Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s bourbons, an 11 year old Booker’s bourbon and a 12 year old Baker’s bourbon. I am a huge fan of two of those- Knob Creek (although generally it’s the 120 proof barrel picks) and Booker’s.
This one is not for the faint of heart because it clocks in at 122.6 proof, but that only makes sense since some of its components, such as Booker’s, are routinely in that proof range or higher.
Here are my Tasting Notes. I drank it neat:
Nose: Sweet, leather, caramel, hint of cinnamon, light oak. Very light alcohol aroma for its proof
Taste: Cinnamon, oak, mild sweetness, leather, light licorice. After a few sips, leather seems to be more dominant
Finish: Licorice, leather. Moderate burn. The proof is more noticeable here.
Overall, I enjoyed this bourbon, and will likely pick up a bottle if I see one at retail pricing. This bottle was freshly opened, and, like many high proof complex bourbons, I would expect it to become even better after it has been open a little while.
*To learn more about this bourbon, check out the full press release at: https://bourbonobsessed.com/Blog/eighth-generation-beam-distiller-freddie-noe-releases-third-chapter-of-little-book-whiskey-series-the-road-home/
Would you like to learn more about distilleries and bourbon? Are you planning a trip to Kentucky Distilleries? Maybe you would like to live the bourbon life vicariously through us?🙂 If any of these are true, then check out BourbonObsessed.com today!