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    Early times question

    So the early times bottle says "aged at least 36 months in used cooperage". Is some of it new barrels and therefore bourbon (just what's in the barrel- not the final product)? Does this mean they can and probably do add coloring to it (since its not straight bourbon? Could they also add a neutral spirit to the mix and get away with it? I recall reading that it used to be labeled as "kentucky straight whiskey" if i'm not mistaken, and now it's just "kentucky whiskey".

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    Re: Early times question

    I don't think they could add neutral spirit and get away with not calling it a blended whiskey

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    Re: Early times question

    About 20% of the barrels are used. In every other respect, it's straight bourbon. No GNS, no coloring.

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    Re: Early times question

    IIRC, ET possibly uses a mix of whiskey aged in both new, and used barrels when they dump for a bottling. Maybe a couple more people can confirm or dispel this. Joe

    Ooops. Looks like timing is everything. Chuck took care of the answer.
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