The titular invitation here is less unique than you’d think. It’s basically an invitation to, well, drink this whiskey, again a unique blend of bourbon and rye.
What’s in the mix? Four different whiskeys, including:
2-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
3-year-old 100% malted rye
5-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Proportions are unstated, as is typical for this brand.
As with many a bottling of Little Book, the whiskey is a little unusual, though this one sticks a lot closer to a classic bourbon formula than some other bottlings in the series. Fairly traditional on the nose, the whiskey pours on classic bourbon notes, with lots of barrel char, cloves, and fresh pepper in the mix. Well-charred brown sugar adds sweetness, but less than you might think.
On the palate, there’s some youth clearly evident in the mix, with telltale peanut and popcorn elements initially dominating. This veers toward a creamier peanut butter character as the palate evolves, with green herbs and fresh cut grass becoming stronger. As the finish approaches things get more boldly herbal, with notes of thyme and sage, a nod perhaps to the rye influence. Floral and a bit doughy on the fade-out, there’s a pleasant and lingering note of vanilla and just a bit of baking spice to close things out.
It’s a fun little whiskey but nothing wildly unexpected. Worth sampling at least.