If you look at the label of this bottle of Early Times 80 Proof Japanese Export, you’ll see a scene of how bourbon making might have looked like back in those early times. Ox-drawn carts, small tubs to mash the grain and copper stills over open fires. Supposedly this is the bourbon that made Kentucky famous, and the brand was founded by none other than Jake Beam, the uncle of Jim Beam. Clearly bourbon runs in the blood in that family! This bottle of Early Times was produced for export to the Japanese market.