Bourbon: Early Times Bottled-in-Bond (Brown-Forman)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 100.0 (50.0% ABV)
Distillery: Brown-Forman Distillery in Shively/Louisville, KY
Nose: Caramel, baking spices, and banana bread. There's a baked bread note that I don't normally find in Brown-Forman products, like Old Forrester, but it does seem to be right in BF's wheelhouse.
Palate: Baking spices (think nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger), caramel, and a small amount of oak. Towards the end, there's a gingersnap cookie note.
Finish: The finish is on the longer side emphasizing the baking spice heavy nature of the palate. There's some mint/menthol along with oak.
Geek Fact: Early Times was created by Jack Beam (Jim Beam's uncle) in 1860 when he was 21 years old. It was run by himself and his son, Ed, until they both passed, within months of each other, in 1915. The business went to individuals outside of the family and in 1923, the remaining aging whiskey stock was bought by Brown-Forman for "medicinal purposes only." Brown-Forman was one of the handful of distillers allowed to make and sell whiskey during Prohibition. The Early Times mash bill consisted (and still consists) of 79% corn / 11% rye / 10% malted barley. The higher corn recipe resulted in two things: 1) a sweeter bourbon and 2) a cheaper product to make. The first "bonded" Early Times was produced in the 1940s. The brand name later discontinued it's "bourbon" label in the U.S. choosing to age it in used barrels and becoming "Old Style Kentucky Whisky." Overseas, the brand remained bourbon. Brown-Forman reintroduced this BiB offering in 2017.
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