Jun 01

Old Grand Dad 114 Bourbon – Review

Old Grand Dad 114 BourbonOld Grand Dad 114 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

114 Proof

Price Point: $20 – $30 for 750 ML

Distiller: Jim Beam

 

Background

Ah, once again, a high proof whiskey to review.  I can’t help myself sometimes – I find I usually get much more flavor out of these.  Even when I know I’m holding a lesser quality whiskey in my hands, I still get excited to see if the higher alcohol can highlight a flavor that may otherwise be non-existent in the standard bottling.

Old Grand Dad 114 isn’t known in the whiskey world as an outstanding bourbon.  But, why not give it a try – I’ve seen mainstream whiskeys at high proof do well before.

 

Review

There’s a quick and almost painful alcohol burn on the nose of Old Grand Dad 114 as soon as you bring your glass up to your face.  It has a simple bourbon sweet / bitter smell – not the best nose.

This whiskey is nicer in the mouth than on the nose, with less rye than most Beam products.  This is a bit closer to whiskeys like Benchmark, but much hotter and sweeter.

The finish is long and spicy.

 

Rating & Recommendations

Old Grand Dad 114 is a simple bourbon, earning a respectable 78 out of 100.

This is an okay whiskey with a nice value for the proof.  You can get a lot more out of your bottle of Old Grand Dad 114 than your typical bourbon.

 

-Ryan

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    • Steve on June 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm
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    You clearly don’t know much about Old Granddad or other Beam products. Old Granddad has MORE rye than the regular Beam recipe, not less, and is highly regarded by serious bourbon enthusiasts. This review is essentially worthless.

      • Ryan on June 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm
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      Hi Steve.

      Sorry to let you down as the Beam expert (not sure where I claimed that title on this blog). Remember that reviews are opinions and not absolute fact. I detect less rye, therefore I wrote it.

      Again, thanks for the kind and courteous words. Cheers.

      -Ryan

    • Ray Snyder on March 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm
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    I don’t claim to be an expert on the “finer or better” bourbons. Lately, I’ve been drinking “Evan Williams” 100 proof bourbon, and also “Ezra Brooks” bourbon. How does “Old Grand Dad” 100 proof bourbon compare with these other two brands?

      • Ryan on March 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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      Hi Ray.

      Sadly, I have not tasted Evan Williams White Label or Ezra Brooks. I can tell you that this “114 proof” bourbon will drink a little hotter!

      Cheers!

      -Ryan

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