Old Grand-Dad 114 Review
Old Grand-Dad 114 is a NAS Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey produced by Jim Beam. The Old Grand-Dad brand is made up of 3 different offerings:
- Old Grand-Dad 114 (114 Proof)
- Old Grand-Dad Bonded (100 Proof, Bottled In Bond)
- Old Grand-Dad 80 proof
Beam acquired the OGD brand in 1987 when it purchased the National Distillers Company. While the OGD lineup shares the same yeast as the rest of the Beam portfolio it does still maintain the same mashbill that was in use prior to ND acquisition. This mashbill has a higher rye content than the standard Beam mashbill and is also used in the production of Basil Hayden's, a member of the Small Batch Collection.
Last week I went into detail regarding Beam Suntory's changes to their American whiskey portfolio. One of the products rumored to be on the chopping block for 2016/2017 is OGD 114. Chuck Cowdery confirmed this in a recent blog post via beam insider sources. OGD 114 has long been a staple of many bourbon enthusiasts bar for a few reasons: 114 proof, at least 4 years old, readily available and sub $25. That is a hard recipe to beat and has always been considered a great value.
Cost: $23 pre tax in SC.
Proof: 114 Proof
Age: At least 4 years old
Mashbill: 63% Corn / 27% Rye / 10% Barley
Pour: 2 oz neat in a Glencairn glass
Nose: Flat cola and old redskin peanuts dominate initially. More time yields barrel spices, nutmeg, and something dusty like old wood shavings.
Palate: Medium viscosity. Beam peanut funk with fiery baking spices especially nutmeg. Graham crackers and Pepperidge Farm chessman come to mind.
Finish: Short ride. Caramel with ground spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Hot and dry at the tail end.
A decent whiskey with plenty of punch from the proof. Lots of rye spice, caramel and beam peanut funk from start to finish. I was hoping for some cashews in the beam nut funk department since they were so apparent to me in the OGD Bonded expression. The wood shavings and powdered ginger were kind of shocking b/c I don't remember those from previous pours but it has been a while since I last drank OGD114. At the end of the day this is a solid budget pour however the fiery palate and short finish hold back the score. This beast needs a bit of taming and some more depth to take it to the next level.
For the price this is a solid pour and while it is a bummer that Beam is supposedly putting the axe to this OGD expression I for one will not be shedding a tear. There are a number of other contenders on the shelves near this price range that will more than fill the void. OGD Bonded is a solid option although 14 proof points lower. My budget pour is still Evan Williams BIB and is on average $10 less out the door. Cheers.