Review: Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon

Review: Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon

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.


Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon




Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.


  1. JM on March 21, 2015 at 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..

  2. Mr Ed on November 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    $21.99. where I ‘m at – :fantastic value”. good descriptive , but even so an understatement

  3. bar supplies on January 12, 2020 at 4:44 am

    We’ve made it a point to carry “OGD” bottled-in-bond in every cocktail bar I’ve worked. Definitely a great bang for your buck. Holds up well in classic cocktails and is a great sipper for those who like at-proof spirits. Very versatile juice. Good call.

  4. Crew Bottle Co. on January 12, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Really great article, and glad you’re highlighting a bottle that is a must-have for the home bar. We’ve carried “OGD” in every cocktail bar I’ve worked due to its versatility and ability to “show through” in a cocktail. Great bang for your buck here. Love this juice.

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