GSN Review: Little Book Whiskey: Noe Simple Task

Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam distiller and creator of Little Book Whiskey, recently announced the second installment in his annual, limited-release series of blends – “Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task.”

Like last year’s inaugural Little Book release, Little Book “Noe Simple Task” is an embodiment of Noe’s passion for blending high quality spirits as a means to discover unique taste profiles unlike any others on the market. The 2018 chapter delivers on this vision, featuring a blend that marries Kentucky straight rye from Noe’s home roots and the more delicate flavors of aged Canadian whiskies. “Noe Simple Task” is crafted with three uncut and unfiltered whiskies:

  • 13-year-old, uncut and unfiltered Canadian rye whisky at 111.9 proof
  • 8-year-old, uncut and unfiltered Kentucky straight rye whiskey at 119.8 proof
  • 40-year-old, uncut and unfiltered Canadian whisky at 137.8 proof

“For Little Book Chapter 2, I was inspired to work with the extra-aged Canadian whiskies I tasted while visiting our Canadian distilleries last year, but I knew I had my work cut out for me,” said Noe. “The floral, fruit notes Canadian whiskies achieve really intrigued me, along with the aging and production styles that are so different from what we do here in Kentucky. It was a step outside my comfort zone to bring these two worlds of whisk(e)y together, and I’m really proud of the unique blend I was able to achieve.”

As the name implies, crafting the final blend for Little Book “Noe Simple Task” was a long journey that tested Noe’s skills as a blender. After experimenting with nearly 40 different blends, Noe selected recipe number 29 as the blend that met his vision for his second release. Balancing the strong flavor and high proof of the 40-year-old Canadian whisky, in particular, proved to be the biggest challenge; yet, like his grandfather Booker Noe, Noe’s curiosity and innovative spirit guided him through to the end.

“Freddie is really coming into his own as a Beam distiller, and it makes me proud to watch him explore his passion for blending and the unique taste profiles he can achieve with each Little Book release,” said Fred Noe, Freddie’s father and Beam’s seventh generation master distiller. “Freddie is a real perfectionist, and he doesn’t rest until he’s completely satisfied with the final product. I really enjoy his latest labor of love, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”

Noe Simple Task (118.8 proof)
Visual: Dark yellow gold.
Nose: Rye spice, spice cake, chamomile, dried apricot, light butter toffee.
Taste: Smoother than its proof belies, the whiskey initially seems light and more in line with Canadian styled expressions than American.  But, after several seconds a huge rye spice bomb kicks in and opens up with floral and fruit elements.
Finish: Medium-long with a lingering cinnamon spice and warm vanilla fade.
Overall: Remarkably smooth and well-balanced. A high achievement for Freddie. We look forward to Little Book No. 3.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Little Book Whiskey

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