American Whiskey - Bourbon
Early Times 354 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
Early Times Kentucky Whiskey was first produced in 1860 and maintained a status through Prohibition as a "medicinal" whiskey. The mix of grains, or mashbill, follows a traditional bourbon-style recipe of corn, rye, and barley. It's blended down with the famous Kentucky limestone water that has made those spirits so desirable the world round.
Early Times 354 is their first bourbon ever produced. The name 354 stems from the federal permit for the distillery which was "Permit No. 354." They claim it is the longest held permit in the United States. They describe it as both the newest and oldest whiskey in the Early Times product list.
The 2012 Beverage Testing Institute review suggested pairing the bourbon with a steak. More liberal in 2013, they recommended it for "all applications."