It took Freddie Noe more than three dozen experiments to find the perfect blend of Kentucky and Canadian liquids for his second chapter of Little Book whiskey, but the successful result of those attempts is on its way to retail. Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task hits shelves this month.
After traveling to Alberta, Canada as part of his efforts to deepen his whiskey knowledge, eighth generation Beam distiller Freddie Noe developed a taste for the more delicate flavors of aged Canadian whiskies. This year’s blend uses two: a Canadian rye whiskey and a Canadian 100% corn whiskey, blended with a spicy Kentucky rye. The final blend includes:
– 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 100% corn Canadian whisky at 137.8 proof
It took Freddie 40 separate attempts to find a blend deemed worthy of this year’s release.
“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.”
“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.”
Little Book Chapter 2: “Noe Simple Task” is available nationwide this month. The final blend was bottled at an uncut 118.8 proof. It will be available in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $99.99 for each 750ml bottle.