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- Brand: Early Times
- ABV: 50%
Got this bottle as a gift. Early times is a Kentucky bourbon that, until a few months ago, was owned by Brown Foreman. They have now sold it to the Sazerac Company who owns Buffalo Trace. So hopefully they won't make it impossible to find like they do with most of their other whiskies.
The mash bill is 79% corn, 11% rye and 10% malted barley. This bottle has been opened right at a week and is 80% full. Neat in a Glencairn.
Nose: If someone asked me to find them the most "bourbony" nose, I might point them in this direction. Caramel, vanilla, a tad bit of apple and nutmeg. Exactly what comes to mind when you say "bourbon."
Palate: Quite an interesting palate for something in this price range. A decent amount of stuff going on. Graham crackers jump out first, with some apples and vanilla. APPLE CRISP. Got it. This tastes like apple crisp dessert made with gala apples instead of granny smiths. Towards the end there is a slight pickle note that, on one end, adds something different, but if anything it throws things out of whack a bit.
Finish: The pickle note actually builds on the finish and I don't care for it. The apple crisp is gone and it has left a pickle, sourdough bread thing behind. Not my favorite part of the dram.
Overall: At the price point of $23 for a liter, I find this a good value mid-shelf BiB bourbon. Average nose, a darn good palate, and a below average finish. Honestly a bit more than I expected. I'd buy this.