Alright Oppo, I bought an expensive brown thing. I hear we like that here? I don’t get to take it for a test drive until Saturday, but I am eager to see how it goes! (And sorry, no, I didn’t buy a brown VW Type 181... I apologize.)
The whiskey in question is Little Book Chapter 02, the second in a yearly series produced by Jim Beam by what appears to be their master distiller in training. I guess the first one was pretty polarizing, but unique. Sounds like the second one is more accessible, but still very polarizing.
Here is a long story about how I ended up here
Every year for our anniversary, the boyfriend and I get a nice bottle of something. This year: whiskey, but it didn’t quite go to plan...
In the past we’ve traditionally either champagne, prosecco, or sometimes red wine. Starting with our 10 year, however, we opted for a bottle of cognac. This year, after being somewhat underwhelmed by the bottle of Dom we had last year we’re doing bourbon.
This presented some complication as unlike, say, Scotch or Irish Whisk(e)y, which prices can go remarkably high, bourbon seems happiest in the $40-$80 range. Not that price matters, of course.
ANYWAY, I say that to say the first suggestion was grabbing a bottle of the lower tier Pappy Van Winkle. Cursory search said that shouldn’t be a problem and they make a number of types in my price range.
I was laughed out of the liquor store.
Apparently one does not simply order Pappy Van Winkle.
Ok so... plan B: Go to the store and see what they have.
And with some light googling while standing in front of the shelf, we bought this the Little Book.
The decision process was basically:
- Is in price range: YES.
- Do I like Bookers: YES.
- Does it review poorly: NO.
In a sea of neverending bourbon and whiskey releases, it’s refreshing to see something different. A lighter flavor profile highlighted by sweet notes of fruit, butterscotch, and honey with floral undertones, Little Book Chapter 02 is an approachable whiskey that pushes beyond the boundaries of the expected for a whiskey marketed towards bourbon fans.
I am both nervous and interested in seeing how it goes! The reviews say it can be very polarizing and is quite unique. I didn’t notice at the time that it does have corn whiskey in it, of which I am not a fan. Admittedly it is 40 year corn whiskey, but meh.
Plan is to try it neat, with water, and with ice. I assume at that point I’ll no longer be able to stand so... we’ll see where it goes from there.
Maybe I’ll try and keep it together and update the fine people of... this place.
For anyone interested, here are our past picks:
- Something Cheap (Asti Spumanti?)
- Next Pinot Noir 2006
- Dom Perignon Vintage 2003 (Can you tell when I graduated!? haha)
- Adami Adrian Gabriel Prosecco
- Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998
- Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Mareuil-Sur-Ay
- Blackbird Vineyards Proprietary Red 2006
- Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvée Brut Pas Operé 2005
- Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial
- Remy Martin XO Cognac
- Dom Perignon Vintage 2009
- Little Book Chapter 2 “Noe Simple Task”
And no I didn’t have this written down before, but we do have most of the bottles kicking around the house.