- Brand: Little Book
- ABV: 59.4%
This is a review of a mystery sample provided by @Nozinan The sample was bottled Feb 1, 2019
Tasting notes neat from a Highland Whisky Glass
- Nose: shy and muted at first, ethanol, wood varnish, some orange zest, toffee, maybe a little pepper, rye spice coming through, sawdust, a bit of caraway, something a bit "farmy" (I usually call it "wet hay")
- Palate: soft and sweet on first arrival, becoming big and bold, definitely some rye spice, toffee, black pepper, cinnamon
- Finish: long, spicy, cloves, black tea, a bit of caramel, fresh cut oak¸ some peppermint
- Rating: 88/100
- First guess: Lot 40 Cask Strength 11 year or 12 Year.
- Nose: white glue comes out first, but thankfully dissipates quickly, toffee follows, then caraway seeds, orange zest, fresh oak, and a hint of burnt sugar. The nose is still pretty shy.
- Palate: some barrel char, oak, black pepper, black tea that's been steeped a bit too long
- Finish: long, a bit sweeter than when taken neat, brown sugar, cloves, a hint of cardamom or something "green"
- Rating: 87/100
My ability to accurately identify blind samples continues to suck. It turns out that this was Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task. It is bottled at 59.4 % abv, so at least I wasn't off on the high proof. According to the internet, this is a proprietary blend of three whiskies - 8 year Kentucky straight rye at 59.9% abv, 13 year Canadian rye at 55.95% abv, and 40 year Canadian 100% corn whisky at 68.9% abv.
- Would I accept a glass if it were offered? Absolutely. The rye is present enough to make this interesting and enjoyable.
- Would I order this in a bar or pub? Perhaps. Drinks are expensive at these types of establishments and this one is potent enough that I wouldn't guzzle it.
- Would I purchase a bottle? Unlikely. I'm not sure what the price on this was when it was available in Ontario, but Chapter 3 is currently selling for $165. That's above my comfort zone, unless the whiskey is exceptional. To me this one is good, but not great. The nose is pleasant but a little too shy and muted to me.