Jim Beam black? More like Jim Beam bleck! Ok, ok...all silliness aside, I got this mainly to mix into old fashions and wasn't expecting much. This used to come with an age statement, but now it just reads "extra aged," whatever that means. An extra 2 months? 2 years? Who knows. Lets try it neat and see how we feel.
Nose: Vanilla, caramel, cinnamon. A bit weak but its only 43% so as expected. Vanilla is the dominant player here.
Palate: vanilla, charred oak chips. Very smooth. A bit smokey from the charred oak. Its like you used some oak chips for a bbq then after the bbq you dumped vanilla extract on them.
Finish: Vanilla, a bit of spice, and more charred oak.
Overall: This is much better than I anticipated! I might actually just keep this around to sip on. Its a bit thin and one dimensional, but its decent. It doesnt make me make an awkward face when I drink it like the 40% white label does. I mean its still bottom or mid shelf, but it doesnt suck so therefore it has exceeded my expectations.
Interesting. I bought a bottle of the standard white last year (for about £10) so had low expectations but frankly it was off putting and even with days being left with the lid off and poured over ice was still undrinkable for me. Only that and Tullamore Dew have been in that category so far.
No pouring down the sink - always find a welcoming home for something I don't like . . . my Mum!
@casualtorture, I wrote the first Old Grand-Dad 114 review on Connosr on 8 January 2011, and my OGD114 review was my very first Connor review. This is one for me for which critical score and enjoyment are two different things. From a critical basis I scored it first at 87 points, then revised that to 88 points...even though I usually enjoy it much more than that. Why? The wood flavours could be better. I have commented more than once that even though on a critic's score OGD114 rates 88 points, it is usually more like a 95 for enjoyment for me. It is a pretty outrageous beverage, in a very good way. For me, that "enjoyment score" has nothing to do with the price, but the price is a nice bonus to the package, and the reason why I have stocked up on it.
To what does the "enjoyment score" pertain? To the intensity and range of flavours.