Early Times Kentucky Whisky

Blended American Whiskey

Early Times // Kentucky, USA

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    82
  • Avg. Rating

    2.32
    2 out of 5 stars
    ( 92 )

Early Times was founded in Shively, Kentucky in 1860 by Jack Beam, uncle of Jim. The distillery's core product was a bourbon up until 1983, when they decided to age the whisky in seasoned barrels instead of new charred oak, thus changing the label requirement to "Kentucky Whisky." Fun fact: Early Times owns it own cooperage, so they have full control over the quality of the barrels used to age their whisky. Though there is no age statement on the bottle, this is aged a minimum of 3 years.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    40.0
  • Blended American Whiskey
    Straight whiskey(s) must comprise at least 20% of the blend with the remainder comprised of whisky of any type or a grain neutral spirit or a combination of the two.
  • Cask Type
    used American oak

Tasting Notes

"Everyone should have a few go-to cheap bottles and this should be one of them. It really tastes of cookies - vanilla, caramel, baking spices. It's missing the sharper spices of a true bourbon, and a lot of that telltale leatheriness too. Not as much finesse. But still, buying a bottle of this costs as much as a ticket to a 3D movie. You can't make whisky sours out of a movie ticket, just sayin'."

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