This 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.
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.
- Appearance: 15 points
- Nose: 25 Points
- Palate/Taste: 35 Points
- 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