Review: Old Grand-Dad Bonded

OGDBIBIt’s back with a (sort-of) new look. The bourbon created by Basil Hayden to salute his grandpappy has been given a bit of a facelift and a new nudge into the spotlight. There’s been a quiet murmur about some of the selling points within the marketing of this reboot, and a very detailed and excellent history behind the brand (as well as some marketing missteps) can be found courtesy of one Chuck Cowdery, a long time Old Grand-Dad supporter and venerable author.

Discussion of history and artifacts aside, let’s crack this open.

Thankfully, it’s the same as it ever was and they did no tinkering to the mash as far as I can tell. Gratuitous vanilla throughout mixed with a light blend of citrus and corn. Not blasting or intrusive, but quite light with an easy finish and traces of caramel. At $25 its still a fantastic value, and lord knows how many of those will be readily available in the distant future.

100 proof.

A- / $25 /

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2 Responses

  1. JM March 21, 2015 / 9:03 am

    $25? OGD Bonded is a solid value bourbon. Reliable, tasty, and affordable. But that’s usually how I describe it when I see it at $18.99, in one of the more expensive markets in the country (DC). $25 seems like an enormous increase. I’d start to say it’s encroaching on bourbons that aren’t considered “value” that cost about the same, but I suppose those are trending upwards or becoming harder to find.. (OWA, ETL). Still, at $25, it’s dangerously close to Four Roses Small Batch, which can be had everywhere..

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