Review: Old Grand-Dad BiB (1997, 2006)


Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond


One of the first profile head scratchers for me was transitional era Old Grand-Dad. After running into a handful of 1997 Old Grand-Dad BiBs a few years ago, it was clear, straight off the nose, the profile was markedly different than current expressions. But it wasn't National Distillers candy-shop-dusty either. I ended up sending one of the bottles out as blind samples. It was well received. Guesses ranged from Old Weller Antique to dusty Grand-Dad and older Henry McKenna. As bonded products, there is no possibility of blending. The split DSP showed distillation at Clermont and bottling at the Old Grand-Dad Distillery in Frankfort which Chuck Cowdery indicated may suggest these barrels were aged at Frankfort. The current version of Old Grand-Dad lists Clermont for both the distillation and bottling facility. Breaking Bourbon compared the current to a 2013 version with split DSP and prefered the new stuff.

 

Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond - 1997


Notes: Complex nose: Smarties. Marshmallow. Vanilla. Young oak. Lemon. Plum. Orange oil. Butterscotch Life-Savers. The sugars are old and burnt. Faint motor oil. Barnyard. Plenty of boozy top notes mingling with the citrus - a little unhinged. The palate is more austere: bright lemon, well layered oak, old sugars. Hot and punchy.


Score: 7 (Recommend) You could nose this all day. The palate is a bit aggressive and lean, but the nose keeps bringing you back.

 

Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond - 2006


Notes: Much less boozy on the nose: honey, nuts (Beam-ish), brownie. More of the same on the palate with honey and toasted oak and nuts. Herbal grass spike mid-palate. The structure is more gentle and rolling. Soft entry, nice escalation, soft descent.


Score: 6 (Solid) Doesn't do anything wrong. Certainly less interesting than the 1997, but also better composed. More closely with the contemporary Beam profile - nutty and grassy.


Archived Scores

 

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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