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    Early Times

    I'm new to this forum but had a quick question. I found an old bottle of Early Times. It dates back to the late 1980s, though I'm not sure exactly what year. The bottle is still sealed so I assume the contents are still good. First question, is Early Times a good product or was it a good product at the time? I've always assumed it is a pretty low priced drink and have been weary to try it. Second, is this bottle worth more than the contents inside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atkinsa View Post
    I'm new to this forum but had a quick question. I found an old bottle of Early Times. It dates back to the late 1980s, though I'm not sure exactly what year. The bottle is still sealed so I assume the contents are still good. First question, is Early Times a good product or was it a good product at the time? I've always assumed it is a pretty low priced drink and have been weary to try it. Second, is this bottle worth more than the contents inside?
    Not sure when Brown-Forman stopped distributing Early Times bourbon in the U.S., but I think it was before the late-'80s. Does the bottle state 'Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey', or simply 'Kentucky Whisky'?
    In either case, it's not 'collectible', except as a novelty if it happens to be the bourbon variety (which is only today distributed overseas). A 750ml bottle will set you back $11-$12, after tax, around here. It's priced about right.
    Tim

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    Re: Early Times

    I think it says Kentucky Whiskey. Looks like it is destined to be opened by myself. Is it something you would recommend drinking straight, or should it be mixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atkinsa View Post
    I think it says Kentucky Whiskey. Looks like it is destined to be opened by myself. Is it something you would recommend drinking straight, or should it be mixed?
    I don't know anyone who drinks it neat, except to see what it tastes like that way. It's a mixer.
    By the way, in case you wonder about the difference between it and bourbon, the Kentucky Whisky is a combination of 80% bourbon and 20% whiskey aged in used barrels. Bourbon MUST be aged in new barrels.
    Now, don't ask me WHY they do that.
    Tim

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    Re: Early Times

    Yeah, I was familiar with the difference. Thanks for the information though. I think Early Times and 7-Up will be it's final destination. It was my grandfather's drink of choice. As this was his bottle, though I just found it this past year, I think that would be proper.

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    Re: Early Times

    The change from bourbon to Kentucky Whiskey happened in 1985 or thereabouts.

 

 

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