The James B. Beam Distilling Company (JBBDCo.) and Freddie Noe, Eighth Generation Master Distiller of the Fred B. Noe Distillery, have announced the seventh installment in Noe’s annually released blended whiskey series — Little Book Chapter 7: “In Retrospect.”
In Retrospect is a blend of seven cask strength American whiskies, one curated from each of the brand’s previous six chapters and a seventh new addition.
The release is a reflection on Noe’s past creations since the inception of his blended whiskey series, and a nod towards what’s ahead as he continues in his new role as Master Distiller, Fred B. Noe Distillery.
“Being named Master Distiller was a humbling moment for me, and it inspired me to reflect on the whiskey journey I’ve been on so far,” Noe says. “Little Book is a big part of that journey. Looking back on previous chapters’ liquid streams with fresh eyes to create something entirely new was an incredibly rewarding challenge — and a testament to the fact that there are so many possibilities yet to be uncovered in American Whiskey.”
“This retrospective chapter was a great opportunity to involve my new team in the journey and spirit of Little Book,” Noe adds. “Everyone brought their ideas to the table, and thought about how we can create the highest potential from this unique catalog of whiskies we’ve utilized over the years. I’m really proud of the final outcome and excited to help expand folks’ whiskey journey with this release.”
“In Retrospect” was developed by Noe with the following characteristics:
- Blend Overview:
- 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 17-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 10-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
- 9-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 5-Year-Old Straight Malt Whiskey finished in Applewood Smoked Barrels
- 4-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 4-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
- Proof: 118.1
- Tasting Notes: Slightly floral with light smoke and sweet vanilla, followed by caramel
Little Book In Retrospect is now available nationwide in limited quantities with a suggested retail price of $149.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Little Book’s branding references the nickname given to Noe by his legendary grandfather, premium whiskey pioneer Booker Noe.
Following Bourbon Hunting Season 2023? Other limited releases this fall include: