Review: Early Times 354 BourbonJanuary 11th, 2011
With all my favorable bourbon reviews the past few days, I wanted to make sure you didn’t think I was on some sort of “happy” pills. But in all fairness to Early Times, this bourbon was meant to be more of a value play rather than a blockbuster whiskey.
Early Times 354 Bourbon, 40%, $16
Sweet corn, along with caramel, vanilla, and more subtle ripe summer fruits (on the nose and palate). Light, slightly brash finish. Rather sweet, somewhat youthful tasting, straight-forward, and unpretentious. Not something I would be drinking neat, but it does fare better on the rocks. (The ice and cold water cut through and calm the sweetness.) I think a little more aging would add some depth, and balance some of the sweetness with more oak spice.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 79