Experience where bourbon begins.
A little bourbon history: Early Times started out as a bourbon back in 1860, and remained so until the early 1980s.
It all started with our founder, Jack Beam (Jimís uncle), who began working at his familyís distillery at the tender age of 15. In short order, he was running the operation and in 1860 built his own distillery at Early Times Station, Kentucky.
Beam named his whisky Early Times, both as a tribute to its place of origin and as a nod to the old-world craftsmanship that goes into making it. He believed in the early times method of whisky-making: mashing grain in small tubs, boiling the beer and whisky in copper stills over open fires. Itís an abiding belief that has stayed with the Early Times brand ever since.
By 1953 Early Times was the best-selling bourbon in the world. As the vintage advertising from that era proclaimed, Early Times is “the whisky that made Kentucky whiskies famous.Ē Steeped in bourbon history, Early Times Distilleryís federal permit, No. 354, is the longest held in Kentucky.
Today Early Times pays homage to its rich bourbon heritage with Early Times 354 Bourbon.
This classic, full-bodied bourbon honors that philosophy Ė delivering superior taste and exceptional value. In fact, Early Times 354 Bourbon was preferred by Jim Beam drinkers in a national, independent taste test.*
Crafted with pure water, select grains and proprietary yeast, carefully distilled, matured for four years in select oak barrels and bottled at 80 proof, itís the newest (and in a way, the oldest) member of the Early Times family.
Spicy with sweet fruit, fresh oak and delicate corn notes underscored by a layer of vanilla and caramel
A lively entry with spice, caramel and vanilla that melt into a mixture of fresh and dried fruit notes
Warm with subtle hints of apple and corn
| Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 points (Mar 2013)
A delightful nose of caramel and baked apple pie. The palate is intense and bold, with vanilla and burnt sugar flavors and a viscous and oily texture.