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Old Grand Dad

Happy Independence Day Part I

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

4th Jul 2013

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  • Nose
    20
  • Taste
    19
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    20
  • Overall
    80

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I know, I know - this is getting monotonous! But it's not my fault that Canada Day and Independence Day are three days apart. So now I gotta do a bunch of American whiskeys. Well, it's a hard knock life.

Old Grand-Dad is one of the standard bourbon brands under Beam Global (which not too long ago came into the LCBO, I believe for the first time). So who exactly is "Old Grand-Dad"? Basil Hayden - who already has his own bourbon, the greedy bastard.

The distillery was established in 1882 by Hayden's grandson, Colonel R.B. Hayden - though the original distillery is now closed. During Prohibition, it continued to be distilled by the American Medicinal Spirits Co. and was permitted to be prescribed as medicine. Production now takes place in the Jim Beam Clermont and Boston distilleries.

The colour is a medium amber. On the nose, lots of caramel and vanilla (creme brûlée), with herbs such as mint and, interestingly, basil. Rye spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cumin. Lots of oak enveloping everything. A classic bourbon profile though not overly distinctive. At 40%, water does nothing but dilute the nose and palate.

The palate is underwhelming - some toffee, spice, dark fruits and something medicinal that I can't quite put my finger on (by the way, I wrote that note before I researched its medicinal past!)

The finish is more interesting with woodsmoke, fruits such as cherries and dates, and paprika right at the end. Perfectly drinkable bourbon, and would make a good mixer, but there's really not much going on. In my research (and by research I mean five minutes on the Interwebs) I found it always referenced at 43% ABV. Perhaps they bottle it at 40% for export to Canada? If anyone knows the answer, please share!

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8 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Old Grand-Dad at 40%? Yes, that sounds like an export strength. Did you get this one from the LCBO? The typical US 'standard' Old Grand-Dad is, as you reference, at 43% and that one is still a little too thin for my taste. Not bad at 43%, just awfully weak for Big Flavours lovers. The 50% ABV Bottled in Bond OGD is quite a nice bourbon, and quite adequately flavoured...then there is OGD 114, that marvellous Best Buy of the bourbon world. 57% ABV of pure entertainment!

5 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Yes, I did buy it at the LCBO - too bad I didn't have the others to compare...and by the way, Happy Independence Day!

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@talexander, thank you for your Independence Day greetings, and I am most curious as to how many additional "Part"s your roster of Independence Day Whiskey Reviews will entail.

5 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Wow - thank you for sharing, @SMC. I presume that is a response to corn crop issues in the US? I'll be sure to get some 43% if I can find it, next time I'm in the US.

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@SMC, Yes, thanks for the info. I hadn't seen the change in effect yet. Sad news, but then, absent the $ 0.99 minis of OGD 43% for re-use of the bottle, I never saw a reason to buy the OGD 43% (and now 40%) when the 114 and BIB are offered for sale at excellent prices. Hopefully LCBO will in future get you some 114 and 100 proof bottles. I expect that BIB in Buffalo probably runs $ 18,...a reasonable price even with 75% Ontario duties on the way back into Canada.

5 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

@talexander you also got the basil note before you googled Basil Hayden? :D

5 years ago 0

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