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Review: Early Times 150th Anniversary Edition Kentucky Whisky

“The whisky that made Kentucky whiskies famous” is now 150 years old, and to celebrate, the folks at Early Times are putting out a special edition bottling of their canonical (update: not quite a) bourbon.

Don’t get too excited. Early Times is not exactly a top shelf whiskey, and this special edition marks only a modest upgrade, specifically one which gets 5 to 6 years of aging vs. the mere 3 that standard Early Times gets.

The result is still an awfully hot bourbon, 100 proof and even more fiery than that would imply. There’s some character here, to be sure: Vanilla from the wood, overwhelming spiciness, and a distinct mashed corn impression. The body is thick, burly, and racy, a frontier style whiskey that makes no bones about its brash, in-your-face character. (Remember: Early Times was originally sold as medicine.)

Take it or leave it.

100 proof. 36,000 half-bottles made.

C+ / $12 (375ml) / earlytimes.com

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Early Times 150th Anniversary Edition Kentucky Whisky

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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4 Comments

  1. John November 7, 2010

    This is not a bourbon. It does not use new barrels, but reused ones. Nowhere on the bottle does it say “bourbon.”

    However, it is the official mint Julep whiskey for the Kentucky Derby.

    I prefer this to Jack Daniels, but that’s not saying much.

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  2. Christopher Null November 7, 2010

    Somehow I misspelled Kentucky too.

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  3. Brent Essman June 12, 2019

    I have a full sealed 120 anniversary bottle with box.
    Is it possible worth something ?

    Reply
  4. Julie Gulley September 5, 2020

    I have this Anniversary Edition unsealed still in the original box from my father’s estate. Any idea what it is worth today.

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