"With 'Lessons Honored', I wanted to pay homage to my father, Fred, and the lessons he passed down about bourbon and life. A lot of the lessons Dad taught me go back to honesty and integrity... Each liquid was chosen because of a connection to my dad and a lesson he taught me.
The base of the blend is a Kentucky Straight Brown Rice Bourbon which reminds me of the first project I ever really handled on my own at the distillery. The 'high rye' rye whiskey is an ode to Booker's Rye, an award-winning product created in 2017 and one of the first that Dad and I tasted together. It was a legendary release in honor of my granddaddy Booker Noe, and it was very special to play a small part in selecting and bottling the liquid with my dad. The last liquid Dad actually helped pick though he didn't know it at the time. I brought him samples of a few liquid at different ages, and he ultimately picked this 7-year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is representative of our Small Batch Collection.
The Kentucky Straight Brown Rice Bourbon adds more complex notes of oak and fruit. It's a very approachable liquid that gives the final blend a noteworthy quality. The 'high rye' rye whiskey is aged for 8 long years, resulting in sweet flavors from the extra aging paired with a rye spiciness that lingers into the finish. And the 7-year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is representative of the small batch portfolio. It anchors the unconventional flavors from the rye and brown rice liquids, adding a depth of character to round out the blend."
- Producer's Notes