The Old Grand Dad brand was introduced in 1882 by Raymond B. Hayden, grandson of Basil Hayden (known to friends as Old Grand-Dad), who started distilling in Marion County, Kentucky in the late 18th Century. Wathen family acquired the brand in 1899 and in 1987 it was taken over by Jim Beam Brands. Beam still uses the original 19th Century mashbill with high rye content (27%), 63% corn and 10% malted barley. We believe the bottle presented here was filled before 1987 and contains whiskey distilled at Old Grand Dad Distillery in Frankfort, KY. After that year the brand has been produced in both Jim Beam’s distilleries, in Clermont and Boston.
Nose: rye bread, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, cloves, cinnamon, charred oak, hints of tobacco and leather.
Palate: nicely balanced, prunes, dried cherries, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, tobacco, vanilla, caramel and pretty strong oaky notes.
Finish: long and pretty spicy, with notes of caramel, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, tobacco and oak.