Jim Beam is going back to its roots with limited release of its oldest bourbon

Barrels of bourbon are stacked in a barrel house at the Jim Beam Distillery in February in Clermont, Ky. Bryan Woolston/Getty Images/TNS

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Want to taste history? Jim Beam is bringing back the distillery’s oldest brand nationally and making it the way it was more than 100 years ago.

Old Tub Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be back on shelves nationwide for a limited time beginning in late June for about $23 a bottle, according to Jim Beam, celebrating “bourbon’s true, rustic character.”

It has previously only been available at the distillery in Clermont.

It will be distilled there without chill filtration, just like the original Old Tub recipe, according to a release. Chill filtration removes fatty acids; this version has “a full-bodied authentic flavor,” Beam said.

According to the tasting notes, the bourbon tastes of oak, grain and warm caramel, with a nose of oak, grain and vanilla.

“We’re taking bourbon lovers back in time and making a delicious bourbon true to the way my ancestors intended over 140 years ago, when Old Tub was first crafted,” said Fred Noe, seventh generation master distiller, in the release.

The announcement suggests Old Tub neat or in classic cocktails like a Brown Derby (bourbon, grapefruit juice and honey syrup.)

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