GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 24

With only one day to go until Christmas, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, we to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For our last day of the GSN 2017 Advent Gift Guide, we’re focusing on the 18 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A+ or higher (97-100) during 2017.

    1. C3 Carciofo Artichoke Liqueur
    2. Cannon Beach Distillery Il Keyote Agave Spirit
    3. Frey Ranch Barrel Finished Gin No. 1
    4. Glenmorangie Bacalta
    5. Highland Park Fire Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    6. High Wheeler 21 Year Old Single Grain
    7. Kanon Organic Vodka
    8. Kavalan Amontillado Single Cask Whisky
    9. Kavalan Manzanilla Single Cask Whisky
    10. Little Book “The Easy” Whiskey
    11. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello Reserve
    12. Old Potrero Hotaling’s 11 Year Old Whiskey
    13. Parker’s Heritage Collection 11-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    14. Purus Organic Vodka
    15. Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Single Malt Whiskey
    16. Union Horse Reunion Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey
    17. Virginia Distillery Co. Port Finished Virginia Highland Malt
    18. Whistlepig Farmstock Rye Whiskey

GSN Review: Little Book “The Easy” Whiskey

The Beam family is proud to officially announce the first and highly anticipated product release from Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam family member and son of current Beam master distiller, Fred Noe. Named after the childhood nickname given to Freddie by his grandfather, legendary master distiller, Booker Noe, Little Book is an annual, limited release series that will feature a new and unique blend each year, presented uncut and unfiltered.

“I’m humbled and honored to share Little Book with the world,” said Freddie, who currently serves as the distillery’s fermentation manager. “When I joined the family business five years ago, I told Dad I wanted to learn everything there was to know about making whiskey. Along the way, I discovered I’m particularly fascinated by the endless taste profiles that can be created through blending. I’m excited for whiskey fans to taste the first batch of this annual release, and I look forward to sharing new, one-of-a-kind blends every year. It’s a real honor to carry on my family’s legacy, and I hope I’ve done them proud.”

The inaugural batch release of Little Book, called Little Book “The Easy,” is a blended straight whiskey that features four unique components: uncut and unfiltered corn, rye and malt whiskies – representative of the three grains commonly found in a bourbon mash bill balanced with uncut, unfiltered Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Creating the final liquid for Little Book “The Easy” was a labor of love for Freddie, who worked on the final recipe for over a year and tried more than 25 different blends of the liquid before he decided that it was worthy of his debut release.

The unique blend contains a 4-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, a 13-year-old corn whiskey, and roughly 6-year-old 100% malt and 6-year-old high-rye whiskies.

Little Book “The Easy” Whiskey (128.2 proof)
Visual: Darkening copper.
Nose: Intense, compact corn bourbon nose broadcast with sharp notes of rye spice. A luxurious and mouth-watering bouquet of blended whiskey.
Taste: Soft fire with a medium char and a whole lot of woodcraft. The aging portfolio works in tandem to create hints of cherry fruit, toasted vanilla, smoked sea salt, roasted sweetcorn, and a dollop of maple sugar. There is a whole lot going on here that creates an introspection of flavors.
Finish: Medium long, with the spice and fruitier notes evoking a cinnamon apple portrait.
Overall: A knockout by any standard. This is a real winner and speaks of great things to come from Freddie Noe.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Beam Suntory