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Old Grand-Dad Bonded 100 Proof

Old Grand-Dad Bonded 100 Proof
Old Grand-Dad Bonded 100 Proof

Tasting Date: 2021-04-20

Region: American Whiskey

Type: Bourbon – high rye mash bill

Age Statement: NAS (Has to be at least 4 years old to qualify for BIB)

Size: 750ml

ABV: 50% ABV

Cask Type: New American charred oak

Distiller: The Old Grand-Dad Distillery

Location: Clermont, Kentucky

Bottler: James B. Beam Distilling Co.

Purchase Location: Real Canadian Liquor Store Clareview 4950 – 137Ave NW Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Purchase Date: January 2020

Cost: $30.54 including GST & Deposit

Tasting Notes From The Old Grand-Dad Website:

The web site the https://www.theoldswhiskeys.com/whiskeys doesn’t work, so the link in the title above is to the Wayback Machine on may 13th 2020.

TASTING NOTES: Oaky, Fruity, Cantankerous

Colour: Bronze

TransparentSmoke Review: This bottle is dated June 28th 2019 and was gifted to my daughter on the birth of my first grandson in January of 2020, because I became an Old Grand-Dad! She recently gave it back so I could do this review.

I have never seen the 80 proof version and you can’t find the 114 proof up here either. But Old Grand-Dad Bonded 100 Proof is everywhere. I first ran into this bottle at a local bar called Have Mercy. I like to try and re-make cocktails, so I sidled up to the bar and asked some questions and then went home to try and recreate them myself. Old Grand-Dad Bonded 100 Proof has been a part of my bar ever since.

Researching for this review I found out that the Old Grand-Dad the packaging refers to is Basil Hayden. I also found out while researching, that the Beam-Suntory site, the Jim Beam site and the entire internet has no idea where the Old Grand-Dad website is right now. I found a thread of a clue that it had been moved to a website called theoldwhiskies.com but that doesn’t exist either. So I used the Way back Machine to link to a page from May 13th 2020.

I like the nose on this, rye spice, orange zest, corn and brown sugar. But mostly brown sugar by a huge margin. There is oak and rye spice on the palate hidden under the brown sugar. The finish is nice because the 50% ABV causes a beautiful chest warming feeling.

Full disclosure about how I score, I have pushed this up to an 81 because I know just how well this works in cocktails. Truly an “excellent” dram when used correctly.

Our Score: 81/100

Bottles on Hand:

Old Grand-Dad Bonded 100 Proof - Bottle back
Old Grand-Dad Bonded 100 Proof – Bottle back