Posts tagged ‘Bottled-in-Bond’

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon Review

James Beam

Jim Beam Bonded is a throwback to the days when Colonel James Beam brought the distillery through Prohibition.

I know it has been way too long since I published a review, but I’ll try to make up for it here in the coming months, as I’ve got a few reviews in the queue.  I’m kicking off my fall reviews with a great bargain bourbon – Jim Beam Bonded (Gold Label) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  I’ve talked about bottled-in-bond bourbons on the site before, and this one is no different.  It is 4 years old, 100 proof (50% abv), from a single distillery, and distilled in a single season.  This is a fairly new product from Beam, and (spoiler alert) I really hope it sticks around.

The color of this bourbon is mild amber, with orange-gold tints.  The nose is rich with big, full vanilla, sawdust, and sweet oak.  The palate is full and sweet with brown sugar, vanilla, creamy vanilla frosting, and rich buttercream.  The finish is long and sweet with vanilla and brown sugar.  Overall, this is a rich, creamy, sweet bourbon with a syrupy sweet, creamy mouthfeel. There is a little oak twinge that runs through it, almost like the wood of a freshly smoked pipe.

In conclusion, this is a very good bourbon, well-made by a distillery that knows exactly what it is doing when it comes to bourbon.  This is sweet, woody, and downright delicious all the way through.  Give this one a whirl, and I suspect it will quickly become a staple of your cabinet with the holidays approaching.  My grade: B.  Price: $20-25/750ml.  At the price, Jim Beam Bonded is certainly one of the best bourbons on the shelf at your local liquor store.

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Old Grand-Dad Bonded Review

I have been searching for this bourbon for a while now, and I finally got a hold of a bottle of Old Grand-Dad Bonded.  Most people are familiar with Old Grand-Dad, mostly because of its shout-out in George Thorogood’s “I Drink Alone.”  The standard Old Grand-Dad offering is bottled at 86 proof, but it is offered at several different proof points.  Today, I am reviewing the 100 proof Bottled-in-Bond edition of Old Grand-Dad.

Today, the Old Grand-Dad Distillery is owned by Jim Beam, which makes the other namesake bourbon of the old granddad of bourbon, Basil Hayden.  For those who have asked me about it, Basil Hayden is the man pictured on the label of Old Grand-Dad.  Like Basil Hayden’s, Old Grand-Dad is manufactured with Basil Hayden’s signature high-rye mash bill.

On the nose, Old Grand-Dad Bonded is spicy and citrusy.  There are notes of wood and rye spices, backed up with a big corn sweetness and dried orange peels and lemon peels.  In my opinion, the rest of the bourbon is a bit too controlled by the prickly rye spices.  The palate has notes of the charred barrel, chili powder, black pepper, and some corniness.  The finish is hot and spicy, with the same notes of char, chili powder, and black pepper.  However, the finish does become more complex with notes of cocoa dust and roasted corn that keep it going for a long time.

Overall, Old Grand-Dad is a solid bourbon, especially if you like a robust, spicy rye-character.  I am not a big fan of the rye bourbons, so it is not my favorite.  I definitely prefer Wild Turkey 101 to Old Grand-Dad if all other factors were equal.  However, at $20 a bottle, it is pretty hard to find a better bourbon than Old Grand-Dad Bonded.  My grade: C.  Price: $20-25/750ml.  This is a nice mixing whiskey, especially when blended with other bourbons.