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Review #25 Old Grand Dad 114

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Distillery: Jim Beam

Proof: 114

Age: NAS

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)

Overall: 76/100

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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Scoring Legend:

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

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