Review No.156. Old Grand Dad

Yet another bourbon review following on from Evan Williams Extra Aged.  Old Grand Dad bourbon is well known across the US and is one of the top 10 best selling bourbons over there.  I believe this is produced by Jim Beam and this is the only offering in the range.  There is high content of rye in this one so you would expect a spicy kick to it. I am still on the fence when it comes to rye whiskies or high rye whiskies but I have heard good things about this one so let’s see.


Whisky: Old Grand-Dad Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 43%

Nose: Fresh fruits, cinnamon, tobacco, leather, alcohol

Taste: Citrus zest, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, alcohol heat

Finish: Vanilla and citrus zest, chilli

Score: 2.75

Summary: This certainly has a kick to it.  The combination of spice and zest from the rye and the alcohol heat makes this tastes stronger than the 43% would have you expecting.  The rye influence on this is similar to what I find in Basil Hayden’s where I get lively citrus zest notes that tingle on the taste buds.  The delivery is a bit thin but I think this is another characterful entry level bourbon that would make for a great mixer.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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