Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Distillery: Jim Beam
Mashbill: 63% Corn, 27% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
BACKGROUND: Old Grand-Dad (OGD) started in the 1840s by Raymond Hayden. OGD was a reference to his Granddad, Basil Hayden. The old man himself, Basil Hayden is on the label! Old Grand Dad and Basil Hayden's are the only 2 high rye mash bills coming out of Jim Beam. The Hayden’s liked high rye bourbons!
NOSE: The nose is quite sweet with burnt brown sugar, caramel, strong rye spice, and some oak. (20/25)
PALATE: The sip opens up with a warm caramel and then bursts with tingling rye spice, charred oak, and a light citrus note. There is a strong ethanol burn on the back end of the palate and burnt on the way down. (28/40)
FINISH: The finish is hot and spicy! It is slightly overbearing with strong flavors of cinnamon, rye spice, and some oak. (18/25)
VALUE: With an SRP of just $20 this is an absolute steal! It is high proofed, flavorful, and smooth. OGD 114 has kept true from before the whiskey craze and is at a very fair price. (10/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a great budget bourbon that brings the heat and spice, has some deep flavors, and is enjoyable to drink. This is a daily sipper or a great bourbon to introduce people to higher proof bourbons.
Similar & Slightly Better: Belle Meade Reserve Cask Strength
Similar & Equal Whiskey: Knob Creek 9 Year
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon
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96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea
Below 50: Give away