Bourbon: Old Tub
Region: Clermont, Kentucky
Age: No age statement
The Barrel Cellar Score: 90 Points
Review Date: 09/03/2020
About the Bourbon: Jim Beam has reintroduced the Old Tub brand as a limited addition whiskey. When originally produced Old Tub was the foundation for what would become Jim Beam. Old tub is bottled in bond and has not been carbon or chill filtered. The wood from the barrel is “screened” out, the bourbon is then bottled, and that’s it. Jim Beam considers it to be essentially straight out of the barrel.
I enjoyed the whiskey for this review using a set of Prestige diamond whiskey glasses.
Nose: Nutmeg and penut brittle
Taste: Roasted and salted peanuts and red apple. Drop a couple of ice cubes in and the profile sweetens a bit with notes of salted caramel. Finish: Cinnamon
Assessment: Look at the price! it’s $22, it can’t be great can it? Yes it can and yes it is!
Old Tub’s flavor profile isn’t broad. There are a few strong flavor notes, but what it does, it does well. It’s savory profile served neat, and sweetens with a bit of ice (or water). It has a medium body and it’s quite smooth with only mild ethanol heat. Old tub isn’t groundbreaking, but if it sets any trend hopefully it will lead to more quality bourbon at a very nice price.
Jim Beam Distilling’s Old Tub is a very good Bourbon at an absolutely fantastic price point, Grab 2 bottles while you can. 90 points.
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