Old Tub Bottled-in-Bond (2020 750ml Limited Release)

Old Tub.  Those of you who have studied Jim Beam history may know this label as one of Beam’s most popular late 19th century bourbons.  Like many big brands of its day, the brand was largely mothballed after prohibition.  Those of you who know of Old Tub but aren’t familiar with its history may know Old Tub from its distillery only 375ml release, over the past at least decade.

This past June, however, Jim Beam announced that it was taking the Old Tub brand national, with a limited release 750ml bottling.  Unlike the 375ml release, however, the 750ml bottling is non-chill-filtered.

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1792 Bottled in Bond and Small Batch Review (Bonus: Very Old Barton 80 and Bottled in Bond Reviews)

1792 Bottled in Bond

Barton 1792 Distillery’s latest release – 1792 Bottled in Bond – recently hit our local market.  We were quick to pick up a bottle.  In typical “Flight” Club style, we decided not to review just the 1792 Bottled in Bond in isolation, but instead compare it to its closest Barton brethren:  1792 Small Batch, Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond, and Very Old Barton 80 Proof, with the Bottled in Bonds being direct compares, and the Very Old Barton 80 Proof and 1792 Small Batch being (theoretically) their lower proof versions.

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Old Overholt Bonded and 80 Proof Review

Whiskey Advocate recently ran a story on the history of Old Overholt. I encourage you to read it, as it is quite an interesting story of how Old Overholt went from one of the most highly respected American whiskey brands to a nearly forgotten bottom-shelf offering. Long story short (and not to discourage a read), the brand’s nineteenth century glory and family heritage died during Prohibition. The company would land in corporate hands, and eventually into National Distillers (a now defunct corporation that once owned brands like Old Grand-Dad and Old Taylor).

Post-Prohibition would see the conglomeration of many American whiskey companies and the death of many labels. Many of those were rye whiskeys, which were falling out of fashion. Old Overholt continued in production, but its source for about a thirty-year period is largely unknown. It is suspected that during this time that Old Overholt’s mash bill was changed to account for a higher corn content, which might explain some of my tasting notes below.

Beam acquired the brand from National Distillers in 1987. Since that time, Old Overholt has been bottled as an 80-proof rye, and the current age statement reads a mere 3 years (Beam dropped the four year age statement in around 2013 in favor of the 3 year product).  Recently, Beam announced an expansion of the Old Overholt line, with a 100-proof, Bonded offering that would in some ways return the brand to its days of old, when Old Overholt was a bottled-in-bond product, 100 proof, at least 4 year rye whiskey.

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