Classification: Blended Straight Whiskey
Company: Beam Suntory
Distillery: Jim Beam
Release Date: September 2022
Age: Blend of four 4-year-old malt whiskeys and one 5-year-old bourbon
Mashbill: Undisclosed blend of four malt whiskeys and one bourbon:
-4 year old straight malt whiskey finished with cherrywood staves
-4 year old straight malt whiskey finished in applewood smoked barrels
-4 year old straight malt whiskey finished in hickory smoked barrels
-4 year old straight malt whiskey finished with maplewood staves
-5 year old straight bourbon
MSRP: $125 (2022)
Apple pie | Allspice | Light cinnamon stick | Kettle corn | Toasted almonds | Medium intensity
Pie crust | Brown sugar | Maple bacon | Baking spices | Caramel chews | Savory & sweet with complementary spice | Flavors concentrate on the backend | Velvety mouthfeel
Warming spice | Light smoke | Apple Jolly Rancher candy | Oak | Medium length with lingering spice
The sixth release in the Little Book series, “To the Finish” is a crowd-pleaser offering an enjoyable savory-sweet-spicy flavor profile.
Little Book is an ongoing annual fall release curated by Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam family member and son of current Beam master distiller, Fred Noe. Like previous years, Chapter 6 is a blend of component whiskeys that’s intended to be completely unique relative to past releases.
Combining a range of different whiskeys, the flavors are introduced rather softly at first, and then concentrate heavily on the backend of the palate and into the finish. While there are four different finished malt whiskeys and one bourbon in the blend, a combination that could result in competing flavors, everything comes together nicely and somehow compliment each other. There are some unique flavors in the mix as well, with maple bacon, smoke, and a hint of Apple Jolly Rancher towards the later part of the finish. It’s impossible to know if this is a result of the mingling of the component whiskeys, or if each offers a rather forward prominent flavor that’s simply finely tuned in the blend. Regardless, it’s a unique combination of flavors that accurately reflects Beam’s goal with the limited edition Little Book series: to produce something uniquely different with each release.