Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond

76 Decent

Those seeking a powerful spice-bomb of a bourbon at a low cost will undoubtedly enjoy this, and it is a high value selection for those of similar taste references.

glencairn-amazonThis was posted as part of our Budget Bourbon Battle Royale (#BBBR).  You can find the original post here.

This robust high-rye bourbon is produced by Jim Beam Brands.  It is bottled in bond at 100 Proof, though various other proofs have been and still are available for purchase.

 

  • Appearance: Medium copper.
  • Nose: Rye, pepper, alcohol, and some woody pine hints.
  •  Taste: Strong black pepper spices, some maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  •  Finish: Long, with an almost over-the-top spicy tingle.
  •  Score: 76 out of 100.

Synopsis:

Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond

Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond

Old Grand Dad has been around a long time.  It shares the same high-rye recipe at Beam brands as does Basil Hayden, which makes this an interesting juxtaposition on the effects of aging and proof on a mash bill.  In this case, the 100 proof version serves up an extremely spicy bourbon, almost akin to a high proof rye whiskey without the citrus notes.  It compares very favorably to white label Jim Beam, and I would choose this over the standard Beam offering any day.   But this is not a weak bourbon.  There is a definite bite on the palate, so it’s not for the weak of heart.  Those seeking a powerful spice-bomb of a bourbon at a low cost will undoubtedly enjoy this, and it is a high value selection for those of similar taste references.  Those who like a sweeter, smoother bourbon should probably look elsewhere for their budget pick.


The ModernThirst.com scoring system is a standard 100 point system based on 4 categories, taken in order.

  1. Appearance: 15 points
  2. Nose: 25 Points
  3. Palate/Taste: 35 Points
  4. Finish: 25 points
  • 95+        Epic
  • 90-94     Excellent, Good representative of its style
  • 85-89     Solid sipper
  • 80-84     Drinkable, but potentially flawed.
  • 75-79     Low quality, flawed, use as a mixer only
  • <75        Rot Gut, avoid
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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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