The James B. Beam Distilling Company Releases Seventh Chapter of Little Book® Whiskey Series – “In Retrospect”

by Phillip Galyean

Today, the James B. Beam Distilling Company (JBBDCo.) and Freddie Noe, Eighth Generation Master Distiller of the Fred B. Noe Distillery, are proud to announce the seventh installment in Noe’s acclaimed annual release, blended whiskey series – Little Book Chapter 7: “In Retrospect.”

“In Retrospect” is an artful 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 to explore new horizons of American Whiskey in his newly minted role of 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 said. “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.”

Since its inception, Little Book Whiskey has sought to open whiskey fans’ eyes – and expand their palates – to the limitless taste profiles possible through blending high-quality aged whiskies. This exploration of the American Whiskey category continues to fuel Noe’s passion for blending, and now inspires a team under his leadership at the Fred B. Noe Distillery.

“This retrospective chapter was a great opportunity to involve my new team in the journey and spirit of Little Book,” said Noe. “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.”

The liquid streams used to create “In Retrospect” complement each other, resulting in an approachable liquid, even for those who have yet to try a cask strength whiskey. Little Book “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
09-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
05-Year-Old Straight Malt Whiskey finished in Applewood Smoked Barrels
04-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
04-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Proof: 118.1

Tasting Notes: Slightly floral with light smoke and sweet vanilla, followed by caramel.

Sipping Suggestions: Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

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