Whisk(e)y Comparison: Early Times Bottled-in-Bond v JTS Brown BiB
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The tale of two historic brands of whisk(e)y. Both have been languishing near or on the bottom shelf for quite some time, but are they bottom-shelf quality? And what are the stories behind these two bourbons? One made its mark in a moment of pop culture promotion and the other came from a Beam, went to Brown-Forman, and now has people a little nervous about its availability due to a move to Sazerac.
EARLY TIMES BOTTLED-IN-BOND (Now Sazerac)
50% ABV - On the nose this one is a little weak but gives hints of oak and caramel along with a touch of ethanol. The palate is sweet and almost like a sweet wine, add in a little black pepper bite for some interest. On the finish, it hits the sweet notes again with red jellybeans, candy corn, and a lingering pepper. But don't be surprised to find biscuits and espresso somewhere in there. Currently on the shelf at $25 a liter, but could see a price increase due to demand.
JTS BROWN BOTTLED-IN-BOND (Heaven Hill)
50% ABV - Even weaker on the nose. Water doesn't even stir this one up. Slight oak and nuttiness. The mouthfeel is moderate with toffee and a big dose of black licorice. The licorice continues through the finish and is slightly diminished with the taste of burnt toast. At $15 a liter it is actually a decent value bourbon, worth a try if black licorice is your thing or you're a big Paul Newman fan. Get me a JTS Brown, no ice, no glass. I cover a decent amount of history in this episode. There are some interesting ties between the Beams, Brown-Forman, Heaven Hill, and Four Roses. Also, find out which I picked and which you picked through your votes on Instagram Stories. https://www.instagram.com/whiskeylore