Mostly in glass around here.
I'll give it a shot if that's the version you speak respectfully of.
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.
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.
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 15:24.
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?