They instead gave me a little sampler pack of miniature bourbons and J.D.
Very cute and containing all the usual suspects, Beam white label, Wild Turkey, Maker's Mark etc.
One bottle I hadn't seen or heard of before was "Old Grand-dad" Bourbon.
There is no mention of it in J.M's Bible nor in the whiskies of the world section here. A brief google search comes up with a storry tying it back to Basil Hayden and co.
Has anyone tried it or does anyone have any info about it?
I would be appreciative of any info. It could just be your standard corner store gut-rot for all I know!
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OLD GRAND DAD Kentucky Straight Bourbon 43% Alcohol
The very pretty and pure orange/copper color is classic bourbon; the nose is full-throttle grain, sharply sweet-sour and woody with dashes of spice and caramel - I like this no-razzle-dazzle bouquet a lot; at palate entry, it begins rather meekly, then in an explosive midpalate it bursts forward with biscuity, vanilla-wafer, and white chocolate tastes that capture the attention of the taste buds - riding a wave of manageable heat into the punchy aftertaste, OGD mellows out in the throat after about 30 seconds; this is what premium bourbon is all about - direct, almost reckless whiskey enjoyment that's a touch sweet, a bit warm, and appealing all the way home.
Rating *** Recommended $
OLD GRAND DAD 114-Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon 57% Alcohol
Beautiful, deep topaz/bronze/orange hue, with very attractive amber highlights; as expected, potent and heady in the nose, but also astringent, pepperminty, and zesty - not what I'd term a deep complex bouquet - just straight on, fists cocked, and ready; on palate, it shows much more grace and gentility than in the pugnacious aroma, as well-defined, tightly focused sweet flavors of oak, pears, apricots, and dark caramel lead the taste buds to a moderately hot, though hardly unpleasant finish, where in the very tail end, the warm, rich flavor of oak-influenced vanilla completes the sensory impression.
Rating *** Recommended $ $
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This ones all about flavour power and good rye input for me.
I also laugh because I get so annoyed every time I see someone laud the virtues of the blend Black Bottle. That blend seems to be quite common overseas, but we cannot get it here. I am dying to try it.
Trivia: "Old Grand-Dad" refers to Basil Hayden, whose profile is on the label. His likeness is absent from his namesake brand, part of Jim Beam Small Batch Collection.
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