The eight-generation distiller (son to the great current master distiller Fred Noe; grandson to the legendary Booker Noe) just launched his first batch of liquid gold. And it’s not a bourbon, nor is it a rye: It’s a blended American whiskey made purely from uncut and unfiltered whiskeys. Beyond that, it’s set to be an annual limited-release series—the first of which is called “The Easy.”
Let’s try to zero in on how this particular American blended whiskey is different. First of all, an introduction: In the States, blended whiskey means rye or bourbon with neutral grain spirits. But Freddie Noe is having none of that. What he’s making is high-quality stuff with no shortcuts, possibly following the ways of blended Scotch—where the grain whisky is aged. With Little Book, there are no neutral sprits, colorings, or flavorings. Instead you’ve got four stellar (uncut and unfiltered) components: a thirteen-year-old corn whiskey, a four-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon, plus a rye and a malt whiskey—both aged at around six years.
The idea was to create something that represented the three grains used to make bourbon, with the Kentucky straight bourbon (which adds up to more than 50 percent of this blend) to add to Little Book’s distinctive taste profile.The result is approachable: There are oaky and caramel notes, some faint vanilla, and a long smooth finish. And because of the high-rye content in the rye, you’ve got more than a flash of spice.