Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task Review
Spicy but sweet. Unique but familiar. This one is worth seeking out.
Type: Blended Whiskey
Distillery: Jim Beam and Beam Suntory Distilleries
Age: Blend of 8-year straight rye whiskey, 40-year Canadian whisky and 13-year Canadian rye whisky
Retail: $90-100. I got this one for $89.99.
Amber. It's on the lighter side compared to most Booker's batches.
The ethanol is definitely present, though it doesn't sting or make you pull away like some do. Unfortunately, it does serve to mute the other notes. I get a little bit of fruit and some florals. If you're looking for traditional bourbon notes like vanilla and caramel, you won't find them here, but that should be expected as there is no bourbon in this blend.
There's a spicy sweetness that hits you upfront. It's not overly hot at all, which is nice as it allows you to taste all the flavors. I get rye spice, clove, a little tobacco and then late hints of fruit. That may sound aggressive, but it's actually very approachable. On a second sip, the sweetness really stands out. I don't typically reach for Canadian Whisky, but I'm guessing the sweetness may come from that. As you'd expect reading the blend information, this has a unique flavor profile. I think the proof is ideal. Any less and you'd be leaving flavors on the table, but much higher and I think the spice could overpower the sweetness.
At first, it seems like this finish will be big and bold, but after a few seconds it tapers off. The sweetness lingers like syrup, which is quite nice.
I was really interested to get my hands on this bottle. I don't know about you, but I don't drink 40-year Canadian Whisky all that often, so I was eager to see how that blended into this bottle. It was a bold choice, but I think they knocked it out of the park. This bottle brings flavors you don't typically find in the bourbon aisle, and that spicy sweetness on the palate is quite enjoyable. At nearly 120 proof, it goes down smooth when taken neat, but it's bold enough to hold up to a splash of water or a little ice. This isn't going to become my favorite whiskey in the bunker, but when I'm looking for something a little different, I'll go back to this again and again. If you're looking for something that's different but familiar all at once, go pick this one up.