Many of you may have seen a familiar shaped bottle, in a familiar looking box, adorning the pages of Instagram, Facebook groups, or the web over the recent weeks. That bottle is Little Book, and it is packaged like – and shares many qualities with – Booker’s, the “uncut and unfiltered” small batch bourbon by Jim Beam. This newest product is a first release Little Book by Jim Beam, which too is a “uncut and unfiltered” and packaged identically (save label) to Bookers. It is a blended whiskey product, but batched (individualized blends) so that “each release of Little Book will be a different blend of spirits creating a one-of-a-kind taste.”
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Pop Quiz. Question 1: Name the man depicted on a bottle of Old Grand-Dad. Answer: Basil Hayden. Question 2: Have a pour of Basil Hayden’s and tell me the difference between it and Old Grand-Dad. Answer: $20. Ok, to be fair, $20 and maybe a year or two of age.
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“Can you taste that Jim Beam funk?”
“This has that typical Buffalo Trace sweetness.”
These, and many more, are all statements that I hear when sampling the many different whiskey brands produced by the small handful of extremely large and diverse bourbon producers.
These statements have often caused me to wonder what, if any, definable characteristics makes each bourbon product line* unique. This post provides one man’s observations** of just that – six major bourbon distilleries and six basic descriptions of what to expect from each.
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”Should I Stay or Should I Go” is a 1980’s punk rock hit by the British band, The Clash. If you are not familiar with it, the song and video can be heard and seen here. Although released in 1980 with reasonable success internationally, the song didn’t reach #1 hit status in its home country until its re-release a decade after its original release. Much attention was given to the song’s lyrics and whether the band was signifying a potential breakup, something that would in fact transpire beginning the year following its release. Accordingly to band members, the song wasn’t actually about a potential breakup. Instead, “It was just a good rockin’ song.”
If there was one song to describe Old Grand-Dad 114, it would be “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” OGD114 was originally released in…1980. It too didn’t have immediate success, but later found a cult following as high-proof bourbons became more in fashion. And OGD is “good rockin’” bourbon (my quote, but work with me here).
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by Josh Cary
Last month, I stopped by Botanica Wichita for a bourbon tasting hosted by Adam Clary of Standard Beverage. The evening consisted of a quick history of bourbon, which was enjoyable, even if it was a rehashing of most of the things any bourbon fan already knows and a tasting of four whiskeys from the Jim Beam lineup. These were as follows; Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged, Jim Beam Double Oak, Jim Beam Bonded and Knob Creek.
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