Review #429. Old Grand Dad National Distillers Lot 12

Review #329 – Old Grand Dad 114 ND Lot 12​

Review #429 | /r/Bourbon Review #244 – Old Grand Dad 114 (national Distillers, Lot 12)

Distiller: National Distillers

Bottler: National Distillers

ABV: 57% ABV | 114pf

Age: NAS

Source: r/scotchswap sample

Nose: Big sugar, maple, faint nutmeg. Lots of cinnamon, toffee, caramel, dark cocoa. Really very rich nose – clove, vanilla, the caramel notes are really heavy handed (in a good way)

Taste: Really thick and oily, musty tobacco and sugar. Lots of caramel, toffee, tobacco, cocoa and chocolate cherry cordial type notes. There’s some heat here but it handles it wonderfully for 57%. I’m really impressed by the richness and the sheer thickness of how it drinks.

Finish: Long and sweet. Tons of earthy sweetness, lots of creamy toffee, coffee, cocoa and caramel. More cherry cordial notes blending well here with a lot of vanilla to finish out the ride.

Overall: When I took a little sip and fired back my thoughts, I thought this was squarely a 7, perhaps even a 6 based on some astringency I was getting. Either way, though, I told him it was good. Definitely solid ND juice. However, after letting this sit for 20 minutes in a Glencairn and sitting down for a full review, there is no way this isn’t an 8. That astringency is gone, the flavors are big and bold and honestly just delicious. This is a Rank 8 for me. Thanks again Volvo.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8

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