A non-chill-filtered, non-carbon filtered Jim Beam offering at 100 proof for $44 CAD? Count me in. I tend to like the Jim Beam profile (i.e. roasted peanuts and caramel popcorn) so I bought this one blind.
From a Libbey Kentucky Bourbon glass
- Nose: vanilla, caramel popcorn, roasted peanuts, and something "farmy" like old barnboards. Not everyone likes that last note, but I do.
- Palate: medium bodied, a bit of chewy caramel, spice (black pepper and cinnamon), vanilla, some roasted peanuts
- Finish: short to medium length, caramel, a touch of red apple skins, black pepper and cinnamon.
- Thoughts: This sits in about the same price bracket as Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey 101. Old Tub won't win over anyone who doesn't already like the Beam profile as this is very much in line with the house style. I would choose WT101 over Old Tub, but that shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has read my reviews. I enjoyed this bourbon, but there is something a bit curious here, and maybe it's an Ontario oddity; Old Tub is only about 5 bucks cheaper than Knob Creek 9 Year old. For an extra fin, you get a 9 year age statement and a prettier bottle. Same type of profile, same distillery. Curious indeed. That said, there's nothing to complain about here. You could do a lot worse for $44 or so dollars.