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Sunday, July 5, 2020

James B. Beam Distilling Co. Relaunches Old Tub Brand

James B. Beam Distilling Co. has announced the return of Old Tub. This new brand will feature an unfiltered, 100-proof bonded bourbon (50% alcohol) that will be available immediately. 

Fred Noe, seventh generation master distiller says: 
We're taking bourbon lovers back in time and making a delicious bourbon true to the way my ancestors intended over 140 years ago, when Old Tub was first crafted. I'm excited to share this one-of-a-kind liquid with our fans and provide a bit of authenticity and nostalgia as we head towards another 225 years in the bourbon industry.
This new brand will be a limited release at select retailers nationwide. It has an MSRP $22.99 for 750ml. The tasting notes are: 

Nose: Oak followed by vanilla and grain
Taste: Oak, complemented along with grain and a warm caramel
Finish: N/A

My Take

I love new bourbon releases. Especially when they offer something new and unique. Old Tub is pretty standard in that it's a bottled-in-bond release... which means that it's been aged 4 years and comes at a 100 proof. For me, this seems a bit on the low end. Sometimes I'll buy a bottle of Evan Williams bottled-in-bond or Old Granddad when I'm looking to mix it up. I could see substituting Old Tub to give it a try and see how it compares, but I don't think this is one I'd be tracking down and keeping on hand for special occasions, but it's definitely worth giving it a go if you see it on the shelves. Old Tub is currently listed as a special order only on the Ohio Liquor Control website, but I fully expect this to be available in Ohio in the future. 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.

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