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  1. #11
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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackinbox View Post
    Is it sold in a glass bottle anywhere? I'm pretty sure I've only seen it in plastic.
    Yes, available in both glass and plastic. Eric has both at his store.

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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    Mostly in glass around here.

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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Traditionally, Early Times was the second line (less age, lower proof, lower cost) for Old Forester much like Cabin Still was for Old Fitzgerald. It still fulfills that role today so I evaluate it for what it is rather than what it's not. It is a solid session whisky in a lighter crowd pleasing style that retains the attributes of traditional Bourbon flavor and characteristics.

    The Early Times of today is an example of how blind tasting often reveals more than labels.
    Squire, you mean the "blended bourbon" version of ET? I haven't tried it yet, just did a search at my local Total Wine and see it's even a bit cheaper than EWB, and available in a $5.99 375ml size to boot.

    I'll give it a shot if that's the version you speak respectfully of.

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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    Early Times was my intro to brown liquor in my younger days. The price was right and the times were good. I might pick up a bottle for nostalgia's sake.

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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    JP the domestic version of Early Times is the 3 year old 80 proof expression that contains a blend of whisky aged in new charred and second use oak barrels. This is a lighter version of the Early Times recipe Bourbon sold here as 354 and as ET abroad.

    It is a daily use Bourbon that is a value if caught on sale. It is not intended to compete with Old Forester Signature or Woodford Reserve (or Jack Daniels for that matter), rather I think of it as an American Cousin to that other best selling Brown-Forman product, Canadian Mist.

    On sale I will pick up a bottle for guests or non-bourbon drinkers generally but if I wanted a traditional style Bourbon at a good price I would eschew Brown-Forman altogether and go with Evan Williams.

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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    Thanks Squire --- Maybe I'll stick with the 50ml sample (which my local store carries *). I'm a little intrigued in the 'light' bourbon aspect of it.

    * Going off topic a bit, why does my local store have so many 50ml sizes of super-cheap bourbon/whiskey, instead of some samplers of higher-priced, slightly more intimidating blind purchases (Jim Beam White in 50ml, but not JBB...or EWB in 50ml, but no EW:SB... OGD 80 proof 50ml, but no sample size for OGD 114 for example)? It's like "Here, buy this sample for $1, even though the full size bottle is only $9.99"... but when you want to try a $30 bottle before you buy, good luck finding it in 50ml form.

    Wait... nevermind. Answered my own question.
    Last edited by JPBoston; 06-17-2013 at 14:24.

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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackinbox View Post
    Is it sold in a glass bottle anywhere? I'm pretty sure I've only seen it in plastic.
    Only available in glass here in Australia.

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    Re: Thoughts on Early Times

    Quote Originally Posted by Don_Draper View Post
    We do not have a large selectin of BIBs in VA since we are state run. I think I have had one.
    Not sure where you're at in Virginia, Draper, but I've purchased at least three in-state before: OGD BIB, EW BIB, and JTS Brown BIB. It may take some searching, but I certainly prefer them all to Early Times.

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    Thoughts on Early Times

    Quote Originally Posted by higgins View Post
    Not sure where you're at in Virginia, Draper, but I've purchased at least three in-state before: OGD BIB, EW BIB, and JTS Brown BIB. It may take some searching, but I certainly prefer them all to Early Times.
    Ill give it a look. I have not had many BIBs as I did not know much about them till I got on this board. I was not a huge fan of Old Grand Dad when I tried it at a bar but perhaps JTS would work for me.

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    Thoughts on Early Times

    Which begs the question why are BIBs so popular? Is it bc of the laws that go into having a BIB that they are usually pretty good?

 

 

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