Review #179. Old Grand Dad ND 1998

Whiskey Network Review #179 | /r/Bourbon Review #97: Old Grand Dad ND


Distiller: National Distillers

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


Nose: Light caramel, buttery sweet and no peanut funk. Lots of toffee and butterscotch. It’s sweet and I like that a lot.

Taste: Light and sweet, no ethanol. Lots of caramel with a mild floral undertone.

Finish: Short but sweet and not rough at all. I’m really impressed at the complexity and well blended-ness (is that a word? Now it is.) of these older bottlings.

Overall: It is certainly different than current OGD86 and I like it. Sweet and simple, these older bottlings seem to be more one dimensional in profile but what they do, they do very well. Again, I’m impressed and I certainly see the appeal now of hunting these fellas down. For the quality exhibited here, I’m giving the Old Grand Dad from 1998 a rating of a 6: a cut above. OGD1998 sits handily next to other classic BIB’s in the bracket, sharing a row with the likes of Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond, Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond and Wild Turkey 101.

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Rank: 6


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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