Little Book Chapter 1 The Easy
The first release of Little Book draws inspiration from something close to home for me—the components of making a great bourbon whiskey.
Little Book “The Easy” features uncut, unfiltered* Kentucky Straight Bourbon blended with corn whiskey, rye whiskey, and malt whiskey – the three ingredients commonly found in a bourbon mash bill—to create an easy-drinking whiskey that’s blended to be one of a kind.
It all started when I was working in our Global Innovation Center, learning all about blending. I looked at the different types of whiskies available and saw that we had individual corn, rye and malt barrels. I wondered, “If you blend those together to the exact proportions of a bourbon mash bill, will it taste like bourbon?” So I tried it. I blended 4-year-old corn, rye, and malt whiskey, and let me tell you, it didn’t taste like bourbon at all! The corn whiskey overpowered everything else, since the rye whiskey also had some corn in it. It wasn’t balanced at all. That’s when I was inspired to blend in the fourth component—some actual finished bourbon whiskey.
When I started my search, our team gave me access to nearly every barrel we had in storage. I tasted and tinkered with bourbon aged six and even nine years, trying to achieve just what I was looking for in my inaugural release. What I found was that blending in four-year-old bourbon did what those others could not—ensured that all ingredients could complement each other without a single piece overpowering the final taste profile.
I found the balance I was looking for. And with it, a new whiskey I’m truly proud of.
Rich Chestnut Brown
Slight caramel with hints of grain and smokey wood
Caramel and vanilla lead with toasted nuts and a hint of rye spice on the middle to back of your palate, while hints of corn grain come through towards the back of your palate
Medium to long finish packed with flavor that is complex, approachable and easy to enjoy