Freddie Noe releases Little Book Chapter 3
Eighth generation Beam distiller Freddie Noe has unveiled the third expression in his annual blended whiskey series, called Little Book Chapter 3: The Road Home.
Freddie Noe, who is the son of current Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe, named the series after the childhood nickname given to him by his grandfather, founding distiller Booker Noe.
The limited edition blend comprises: nine-year-old Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s Bourbons, an 11-year-old Booker’s Bourbon and a 12-year-old Baker’s Bourbon.
The palate offers “complexity from the vanilla, wood and caramel notes” of the Knob Creek and Booker’s Bourbons, and is balanced by the “spiciness” of Basil Hayden’s. Baker’s Bourbon, meanwhile, provides a “lingering, warm and sweet finish”.
“This particular blend carries a lot of sentimental value for me,” Freddie Noe explained. “Each of the individual Bourbons are special to me, just as they were to my grandad, and I really wanted to make sure they came through the final blend in a way that would make him proud.
“Every aspect of Chapter 3 had to be absolutely perfect – the vanilla notes, the finish, the aroma – so I meticulously tested each blend to get it to a place that represented the entire Small Batch Collection while creating something totally new that I think people are really going to love.”
The Road Home honours Freddie Noe’s “storied family roots in Kentucky”.
“With the birth of my son this year I spent a lot more time at home, reflecting often on family and our legacy,” Freddie Noe continued.
“I wanted to create something that honoured the legacy and values passed down to me by my family.
“Whenever I drive down the road to the distillery, the same one my grandaddy Booker drove down, I’m reminded of his adventurous spirit, especially of his creation of the Small Batch Collection in a time when no one was drinking premium Bourbon.
“I like to think he passed that same spirit along to me, which ultimately led me to blending.”
The Road Home is recommended served neat, over ice or with a drop or two of water.
Little Book Chapter 3: The Road Home is available in limited quantities from September 2019, priced at US$124.99 per 750ml.