Review: Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task

Paid: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam & Undisclosed Canadian Distiller(s) / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky & Canada

55.9% ABV

Aged For: NAS (Blend of 8, 13, and 40 Year whisky)

Mashbill: Undisclosed (Blend of Kentucky rye, Canadian rye, and Canadian Corn whisky)

Cask Type: Mix of new charred oak, re-charred barrels, and ex-bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon rye spice, butterscotch, eucalyptus, vanilla syrup, lavender, caraway seeds, cracked corn, and caramel, the scent of alcohol lingers moderately in the background

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Cloves, tobacco, black pepper, rye, oak, cinnamon, toffee, butterscotch, herbal notes with perhaps cumin? Apple and VSOP brandy if I really focus on the fruit aspects. Bounces back and forth between sweet and spicy herbal.

Finish: Medium length and warmth. If the palate fought over spicy and sweet, sweet is winning now. Oak, vanilla, caramel, honey, butterscotch, and cream soda, with rye spice having a nice linger in the background.

Thoughts: I actually think Freddie made a decent blend here. The rye spices and sweet buttery flavors of old Canadian corn whisky pair nicely. The palate could have used a bit more body, and with most releases these days its priced $25 to $35 dollars over what it should be, but overall its something I think most fans of rye or bourbon would enjoy.

Score: 82 out of 100

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Camillus Liquors Pick

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Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

60% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years, 4 months, Warehouse X, Floor 6, Rick 39, Tier 2

Mashbill: 76% corn, 12% rye, 10% malted barley

Cask Info: Barrel #5131 Camillus Liquor

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #4

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Caramel brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick oak, leather, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, corn mash, peanut, and brown sugar

Feel: Full and dry

Taste: Chewy oak, pepper, tobacco, chocolate with nuts, coffee grounds

Finish: Good warmth and length, oak, oak, baking spices, leather, pepper, and toffee

Thoughts: Knob Creek single barrel picks when they are preforming well are some of the best, if not the best value buys in bourbon. This oak bomb is no exception, loved it.

Score: 90 out of 100

Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel Select Westport Whiskey & Wine

Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

57.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No?

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, bread yeast, peanuts, rye, oak, citrus, pine, alcohol

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, cinnamon, rye spices, citrus, leather, pepper, peanuts

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, and vanilla, caramel, toasted nuts, baking spice

Thoughts: The citrus notes were an interesting flavor to find here, also has that signature beam nut funk, but its good to have another affordable rye in the same marketspace as Pikesville.

Score: 84 out of 100

Old Overholt Bonded

Old Overholt Bonded

Price: $20 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Light amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, oak, cinnamon, sweet mash, leather, paper

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Caramel, nuts, oak, rye, cinnamon, nutmeg

Finish: Good warmth and lasting, oak and caramel with vanilla

Thoughts: A huge improvement on the regular Old Overholt, and a good budget rye. I still prefer Rittenhouse, however. If you want a more robust version of this, look for the new Knob Creek Single Barrel Ryes

Score: 80 out of 100

 

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary

KC 25th

Price: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

61.05% ABV

Mashbill: 77% corn, 13% rye, 10% barley

Aged For: 13 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Caramel, toffee, oak, cinnamon, pepper, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Spices, cloves, tobacco, toasted nuts, oak, pepper

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate

Thoughts: A nice bourbon with good flavors, but it doesn’t do much to stand out from the regular knob creek single barrel offerings.

Score: 85 out of 100

 

Knob Creek 2001 Batch 1

KC 2001 B1

Price: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Mashbill: 77% corn, 13% rye, 10% malted barley

Aged For: 14 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Oak, cinnamon, caramel, spices, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Palate/Taste:Caramel, vanilla, oak, slight pepper and clove with a hint of coffee

Finish: Medium length and very little warmth. Oak and toffee dominate

Thoughts: The finish on this for the price was garbage, blind I likely couldn’t tell you this was an LE bottling.

Score: 80 out of 100

Little Book

Little Book

Price: $80 for 750ml]

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

64.1% ABV

Mashbill: Blend of 4 year old bourbon, 13 year corn whisky, 6 year 100% malt whisky, and 6 year old high rye whisky

Aged For: Minimum 4 years

Cask Type: New charred American oak, and I assume ex-bourbon barrels

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Reddish copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Corn, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, spices, young sharpness, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: Thin and dry

Palate/Taste: Wood varnish, young mash, vanilla, oak, tobacco, and spices

Finish: Shorter, little warmth, vanilla, peanuts, and brown sugar

Thoughts: It’s a bit of a mess and all over the place, but it doesn’t taste bad. If you like strong American whisky, it’s likely you could enjoy this, but you’d be more apt to enjoy a Knob Creek Single Barrel pick if you are still a Beam fan.

Score: 80 out of 100