Old Tub is a tribute to the original Old Tub Bourbon that Jim Beam made that eventually became the foundation of Jim Beam Bourbon. This bourbon was originally only available at the distillery but given the circumstances of 2020, Jim Beam decided to distribute Old Tub as a limited-time release.
Old Tub is a non-chill filtered, bottled-in-bond bourbon. There is no age statement but since it is bottled-in-bond, we know that it is at least four years old. I am not aware of the official suggested retail price, but have seen this bottle mostly around $22.
On the nose, I get very common bourbon notes, such as caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon.
On the palate, I didn’t really get much more than what I did on the nose. The only difference I truly noticed was the carbonation note I got. I could not get past this note for some reason.
The finish is short, and has notes of caramel and corn dust.
I was very excited to try this bottle because so many people enjoy Old Tub. For some reason, it wasn’t complex enough for me. I got cinnamon and spice all the way through, but that’s about it. There are several other bourbons in this price range that I would prefer over this particular bottle. I would reach for Early Times Bottled-in-Bond, Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond, and Wild Turkey 101 before reaching for Old Tub. As a reminder, taste is subjective and this is only my opinion. This was disappointing because so many enjoy this bottle and I really wanted to like it, but it just didn’t do it for me. I still encourage you to try it for yourself. Cheers!