Review: Old Grand-Dad 114

Updated: Jan 22


Old Grand-Dad 114 - 57%


Spoiler alert: this is my jam. My go-to cocktailing bourbon. My "get after it" on a Wednesday sipper. The youth and high rye bring enough top notes that I can enjoy it in the summer. Definitely one of my favorite presentations of the grassy Beam funk. Love the awkward packaging - all the odd sizes (cork, height, width, neck label), the wax medallion. Love everything about it more than the current bonded. If my house bourbon was limited to this and WT 101, I'd be just fine.

Nose: Young and feisty. Grassy. Peanut driven. Black jelly beans. Touch of barrel char.

Flavor: Sweet corn. Wood spice. Anise. A little earthy. Hazelnut. Peanut. Dry into the finish.


Structure: Nice weight. Short, sweet dig up front. Long, active top notes mid-palate. Slow fade into lower notes for a medium finish. Really well done.


Alcohol Integration: Pretty impressive for young distillate at a solid proof.


Score: 6 (Solid) Plays a dynamic range from sweets to spice to nuts. Good weight. Solid structure. Shelf staple.

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Rating System

10 - Reevaluate The Budget

9 - Stash Two (If Able)

8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Anything Else To Drink?

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour


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