Review: Old Grand-Dad 114 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

New Charred Oak
~63% Corn, 27% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Distiller Jim Beam (Clermont, Kentucky)

This is a terrific whisky - and incredibly cheap (it isn't even really fair) - coming in at 25$ in many places for a near-cask-strength and great bourbon. Sadly, it seems this will get harder and harder to find, and some suspect it might disappear. If you see any, get it.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L4309CLA 013601642

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

A dark, rather dense nose at first. A bit of musty oak, corn husks, dry forest floor, orange peel, stewed apricot, browned butter, and slightly sour corn. The palate is big, full of sweet corn – a huge hit of corn, in fact. Molasses, lots of black tea, and the rye is present and is floral – it is integrated beautifully. It comes in with caramel, and fades to spices. Big, rich whisky. Finishes with apple seeds, brown sugar, a bit of reed-marsh earthiness, and more corn. Not the most amazing whisky, but incredibly enjoyable. The quality of the distillate is evident. If I could get this for $25…I would be stocking it regularly. However, it seems this one might fade away…it manages the proof very well. I quite like this style of bourbon. Beautiful oiliness too.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High. How often do you find a 57% and decent bourbon for a bit north of 20$? Great value.