glencairn-amazonThis truncated review was originally published as part of our Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  The original post can be found here.

Old Crow is traditional name in the bourbon world, but one that has, of late, been relegated to the “bottom shelf” or “budget” category almost exclusively.  Old Crow traces its roots to the early to mid 19th century in Frankfort, KY.  Today, Old Crow is distilled and bottled by Jim Beam brands in Clermont, KY.  It shares its mash bill with the regular Jim Beam White Label.  Unlike Beam, Old Crow is aged only 3 years and bottled only at 80 proof.


  • Appearance: Pale yellow.
  • Nose: Leather, some faint vanilla, and Earthiness.
  • Taste: A sharp bite on the tip of the tongue, corn, leather, very little oak or age.
  • Finish: Short finish, with some acrid hints on the middle of the tongue and a quick, sharp bite.
  • Score: 72/100.


Old Crow tastes exactly how you’d expect a young, sub $13, low-proof bourbon to taste.  The Jim Beam DNA is clear in this whiskey, as it does have the general Beam profile, but while most consider the white label Beam to be a budget Bourbon, this is even farther into that value profile, and it shows.  I cannot recommend drinking Old Crow unless it is solely based on price or preference for the Beam profile, and even then, I feel there may be better options in its price range.

The 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