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Old Tub Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

Feb 28, 2021

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You might be asking, “Who makes Old Tub Bottled in Bond Bourbon?” Old Tub is made by Jim Beam. Old Tub was the name the Beam family used for its whiskey from 1880 to 1943 when it was renamed Jim Beam. It was named after the old wooden tubs where the mash was cooked. (Pro tip: take the tour at Woodford Reserve or Maker’s Mark to see old-style wooden tubs in action today).

Fred Noe talks about his family’s history with the brand,

“I always say just look at them old guys and you’ll see pretty quick. They drank one brand and one bottle — that’s it. If my grandfather on my mom’s side was drinking, you better believe it was an old whiskey called Old Tub, and that’s what he drank. He didn’t drink beer, wine or vodka. If we didn’t have no Old Tub, then he drank water,”

Beam has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the brand name after prohibition. It was a national brand for a bit then it was a Kentucky-only release. Then it was completely shelved during the bourbon downturn in the late 70s and 80s.

However, recently Old Tub Bottled in Bond Bourbon was resurrected as a 375 mL gift shop only release. Until 2020, when it was re-released nationwide as a limited release — two batches per year and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

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Old Tub Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

Old Tub Bottled in Bond

Old Tub Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Old Tub BiBDetails
Off the StillUnknown
In the BarrelUnknown
In the Bottle100 Proof
ABV50%
Mashbill75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Distilled and AgedClermont, KY
AgeNAS (At Least 4YO)
Suggested MSRP$22.99
DistilleryJim Beam Distillery
568 Happy Hollow Rd.
Clermont, KY 40110
ProsGreat Value and Lovely Nose
ConsLet's Agree Beam Should Release a 10YO Old Tub Down the Line
AvailabilityNationwide, Limited Release
RatingSilver 87 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It

Nose – 87 out of 100 Points

Caramel ties the nose together with sweet cinnamon and bright cherries and apples. I also pick up a pleasant oak note. It’s a nicely developed nose with delightful aromas.

Taste – 85 out of 100 Points

The baking spice and charred oak are pronounced. The mouthfeel is solid. The sweeter caramel notes are more subtle on the palate. Black pepper also prickles the tongue.

Finish – 87 out of 100 Points

The finish is a solid medium length with caramel corn and charred cinnamon and oak with just a hint of pepper.

Complexity – 86 out of 100 Points

Old Tub offers a ton of complexity for a bourbon of its price. Solid flavors with good depth.

Value – 90 out of 100 Points

Jim Beam is the undisputed king of the under $30 whiskey from Old Grand-Dad to Old Overholt to Old Tub. Mainly distilleries have one solid whiskey in this budget range, but Beam has a cache of budget whiskeys.

Verdict – Silver 87 out of 100 Points

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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