Old Tub Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Tub Bottled-in-Bond bourbon, as we first touched upon a number of years ago when getting a chance to taste this Jim Beam whiskey in Kentucky, is inspired by the oldest brand from the Beam family that was first made over 140 years ago. It is now being re-released as a limited edition offering by Beam-Suntory.
Old Tub Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey comes from one of the giants of the whiskey world. In 2016, we wrote about their 112th rickhouse in all its massive glory. Now, they operate with at least 126 aging facilities and build them as large as Kentucky law allows. In 2019, they lost around 45,000 barrels worth of aging whiskey to a fire, but that only accounted for around 1% of their entire stock. That is a lot of whiskey. Seriously.
Just like the original Old Tub liquid, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has not been carbon or chill filtered – only quality screened to remove bits of barrel wood to showcase the true, rustic character of the whiskey – bourbon the way it was intended to be.
Old Tub is a bottled in bond, non-filtered bourbon. The recipe is supposedly what inspired, or at least set the path for, Jim Beam Bourbon. The story goes that back in the mid to late 1800s, when prohibition had yet to shut things down and glass bottles were yet to be the industry standard, folks would come fill up their jugs of whiskey from a tub that held the current stock.
Appearance / Color:
Nose / Aroma / Smell:
The aroma smells like cracker Jacks at the ballpark along with vanilla and crystalized brown sugar.
Flavor / Taste / Palate:
The palate is warm with notes of sweet cornbread, butterscotch, cinnamon, clove, and a note of PayDay candy bars, but not too sweet.
The finish is medium-length.