Old Tub Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USA
Reviewed May 11, 2021 (edited May 12, 2021)
Nose: Solid combination of charred oak, dusty corn, vanilla, and a sprikling of brown sugar. Natural, chunky peanut butter. Touches of apricot, peach, banana, and strawberries buried way deep. Worn leather, tobacco, cocoa. Sandalwood and cedar. Just a touch of wet cardboard, but again, buried pretty deep. Clove, anise, and fennel. Black pepper. This leans away from the sweeter side, offering a great example of what bourbon can be on the other end of the spectrum. Buttermilk biscuits. Under-ripe banana. Palate: Consistent with the nose - charred oak, dusty corn, vanilla, and some brown sugar. We're now dealing with roasted, salted peanuts. Apricot jam, honey, butter, all on top a buttermilk biscuit. Tart cherries. Leather. Tannin. Apple pie with extra spices. Definitely plenty of midrange. Mid-palate focused. Medium-light mouthfeel with good oil content. Finish: A combo of that oak, char, and smoke alongside some ethanol heat. As the oak settles in, clove, nutmeg, pepper, anise, etc fade in. The tannin comes back to play, offering some good bitterness as contrast. Medium length. Other notes: This has quickly become my favorite budget bottle and one I may need to really stock up on if Beam decides it should stay a limited release. This occupies a similar space as Knob Creek, offering plenty of that mid-proof punch while dialing back on the complexity and depth. If it doesn't go the way of the dodo, I'll definitely try to keep at least one bottle on hand. Otherwise, I need to find some storage space somewhere in this house. Highly recommend.