Rating 3 Glasses
Distillery: Jim Beam
Years Aged: NAS
Local Price (USD): $29.95
Color & Consistency: Amber paraplegic
Nose: Oak and rye spice hits you right upside the head.
Taste: Lemon, alcohol and dark cherry sweetness. This is where it’s high proof really shines through.
Finish: Molasses with a burn that seems to last forever but finally fades leaving just an essence of ethanol.
Conclusion: Named after Basil Hayden Sr. a famous distiller known for being the “King of High Rye”; Old Grand-Dad uses a mash bill of 62% Corn, 28% Rye & 10% Malted Barley. This unusually high Rye content and high proof makes this pour an especially potent one. Basically like pouring 10lb of sugar into a bucket of kerosene and setting it ablaze. All joking aside it is a bit harsh overall and could use a little smoothing around the edges but we can’t really knock it too hard as it’s a decent one to have on the shelf and definitely can’t complain about the price.