The Old Crow label is one of the most recognizable bourbon brands in the world, with constant music and movie references. Interestingly enough, despite the bird on the logo, the brand itself is named after James Crow, a Scotsman who distilled in Kentucky in the early 19th century. Nowadays, the brand is owned by the Beam Suntory giant, and is distilled at the James Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. The bottle indicates that this juice is at least 3 years old, and it is bottled at 80 proof (40% abv).
On the nose, this is a pretty straight forward bourbon with a lot of corn, candy corn, caramel, and vanilla. This is young and spry stuff, but not at all bad. The palate is a simple, sweet presentation of bourbon full of caramel and vanilla flavors. Wood is hardly integrated, but that is to be expected. The finish is short and sweet with caramel and a wee bit of sawdust.
On the whole, this is hardly an offensive bourbon. It is noticeably young, which makes it a bit simple and straightforward, but I do not really find anything in this bourbon to be especially off-putting. My biggest complaint is simply that the bourbon is too quick, which makes it a pleasant but uninteresting bourbon experience. Jim Beam has a quality product here that just needs a little extra loving from the barrel. My grade: C-. Price: $10-15/750ml. What is most appealing about this bourbon is the price point, and how good it really is for $12 a bottle.