Old Grand-Dad

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Old Grand-Dad was a distiller named Basil Hayden who made his name by distilling a bourbon whiskey made with a higher percentage of rye. Basil Hayden passed along the art of distilling to his son and then, in turn, to his grandson. It was the third generation distiller, Colonel R.B. Hayden, who honored his grandfather by naming his justly famed whiskey “Old Grand-Dad.”


Nose - A bit of fumes in the first attempt….second attempt, fumes already dissipated. Definitely a bourbon that improves with every breath. The vanilla and caramel are very well balanced with a lighter spicy, fruity mixture.

Taste - Very easy entry onto the palate. The slightest tingle of heat to the tongue and mouth. Terrific flavor….not overpowering and as well balanced as the nose. Finish is fantastic…gives the slightest remanence of heat on the tongue and roof of the mouth that lightly lingers to prolong the flavor. This is a rare bourbon where the taste is nearly identical to the nose. I got the vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon spice. This is a kick ass bourbon, plain and simple.

Is it worth the $?

This is a $16 bourbon! Old Grand-Dad is to Jim Beam what Eagle Rare is to Buffalo Trace: a great bourbon at an impassable price. This is definitely worth it.