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  1. #1
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    BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    I can't believe I have the BOTM posted on time two months in a row. Probably the last time that will happen.

    The bourbon from the movie The Hustler. Here is the exchange between Fast Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) and Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) from what I could find. Fats says, "Preach! Go down and get me some White Tavern whiskey, a glass and some ice." Then Eddie says, "Preacher! Go on down and get me some bourbon. J. T. S. Brown. No ice, no glass." Gotta love it.

    I know J.T.S. Brown BIB isn't distributed to very many parts of the country, (Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, and ???? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. ) but I have seen the 80 proof version here in Illinois and Wisconsin. This bourbon seems to pop up from time to time here in posts, and conversations in the chat room. I believe that a lot of us are familiar with it, so I thought why not use it as the BOTM.

    So let 'er rip. What say yee about J.T.S. Brown BIB? If you have any comments on the 80 proof version, go ahead and post those too. What the heck? As far as my two cents, well......... I don't have one in the cabinet at the moment. Alas, I forgot to get a couple of bottles the last time I was down in Bardstown. To me J.T.S. Brown BIB is very similar to many other BIB's. Some that I've had that come to mind are, Ancient Age BIB, Evan Williams BIB and Heaven Hill 6 year Old BIB, which I just happen to be enjoying as I write this. From what I can remember, the nose is a bit nutty with an earthy quality to it. The taste is about the same, but with that added touch of alcohol/citrus that HH is known for. Not drab and not overpowering. Easy going from start to finish. Just plain good. J.T.S. Brown is nothing fancy, but it delivers more than what you pay for it. It's a bourbon that has a good flavor, and can be purchased at a great price. What more can you say? A truly great value pour. I sure hope it stays around a while.

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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    Another one that's not on our State list. Guess a trip to New Orleans is in order.

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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    Nothing wrong with with a trip a to New Orleans
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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    I had a bottle last summer. It's an excellent mixer (I used it to make some milk punch) and decent on the rocks with a shot or two of bitters. It also did well in a Bourbon & Benedictine (at 3:1).

    I still think I prefer the 6 y/o HH BiB, but JTS Brown is a good affordable choice for a well bourbon.

    The brand has a pretty interesting history iirc. It was made at what is now Wild Turkey before Austin-Nichols bought the facility. Lots of good pictures from the JTS Brown era in Images of America: Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    A full week into the month, and a mere three comments on J. T. S. Brown BIB, behind comments on 11 other bourbons. I'm not surprised. Brown in pretty nasty stuff that I've tried out of curiosity, but would never purchase again. If I want GOOD budget bourbon, I'll buy VOB BIB.
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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    I picked up several bottles of JTS BRown BiB last trip to KY because I had never seen the label before and thought it would be a cheap fun novelty pour when friends came over. Turns out I really liked it and so does nearly everyone who tries it. Not complex or challenging it isn't a go to sipper but it's sweet and tasty without any of the flavors (mint, eucaliptus, anise) that so often detract from bottom shelf juice.
    I have only tasted from that original stash of bottles so I don't know if it is consistent from batch to batch.
    It's as Rare as lips on a chicken here in Florida and something I have never seen anywhere except in Bardstown and Louisville it is playing to a very small audience - and I expect that explains the lack of response.
    I'll be picking up a few more my next trip to Ky.

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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    I picked up a bottle in Ky last week. Good honest bourbon. Full of that hh flavor I call grassy. Not a bad buy either. 10 bucks for a liter.

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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    Pardon a noob question here, but is there a significant difference, production-wise, in the various smaller HH brands? For instance, between JTS Brown, Old Heaven Hill, and Cabin Still, etc.?

    Most of the stores around me have gallons upon gallons of Cabin Still on the bottom shelves... haven't bought any, though.

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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    Pardon a noob question here, but is there a significant difference, production-wise, in the various smaller HH brands? For instance, between JTS Brown, Old Heaven Hill, and Cabin Still, etc.?

    Most of the stores around me have gallons upon gallons of Cabin Still on the bottom shelves... haven't bought any, though.
    Good question that I hope someone here can answer. And welcome to SB!
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    Re: BOTM 1/11: J.T.S. Brown BIB

    This bourbon has some very weird and different flavors going on, but like all HH young bonds, I really like it.

    The last time I was in KY I searched heavily for this bottom shelf gem and only found one bottle.
    Mike

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