Both of my readers contacted me. Each said while they like the site, they wanted to see some reviews of something at a lower price point. I have tended to stay away from lower cost bourbons because some low cost bourbons have made me sick every time I drank said low cost bourbon. Yes, one drink and I am sick that night or the next day.
I walked into the ABC store and decided to give Old Grand-Dad Bonded a try. In the past I would have never tried this. I have changed since then. First, I noticed that many Jim Products are enjoyable, and are at a similar price point. Secondly, is the Bonded. I seem to like the higher proof that comes with bonded at 100 proof. Third, I noticed the label says “high rye”. Look, you can see it on the picture below. I seem to like high rye bourbons these days, after not really enjoying the sharper taste of rye earlier. Heck, I have even sipped some rye in the last year or so. With that, will this bourbon hang out with me? Read on to find out.
Before I jump into the review here is some information on how I like to sip. I use a rocks glass. I like to add one of the big ice cubes that I wrote about a few weeks ago. I like to fill the glass to the top of the ice cube and the ice cube maybe just begins to float. That is how I usually sample for the reviews you enjoy. I will try to be a little more alphageek and let you know when I deviate from the above method. Talking about the method will give me something to write about for both of my readers.
Nose Somewhat oak like with some mild fruitiness which is all pleasant.
Pop The inrush of flavor is mild and surprising. I expected a lower price point bourbon to burn somewhat.
Taste Again sort of mild, which is surprising. Between the proof and the rye, I expected more push back from the bourbon. Instead, it is smooth. I find the main difference separating this bourbon from higher priced bourbons is the complexity of flavors. Old Grand-Dad Bonded does lack some of the complexity of other bourbons, but not in an objectionable way.
Finish What else can I say? Smooth.
This is something that I would get again, without hesitation. I can drink this bourbon without any ill effects.
On a less dramatic note, I took the above picture with a new camera. Perhaps I will write about the new camera at some point. Until then, enjoy the sipping.