Old Grand-Dad Bonded, 50%

Price: $20 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Hot cornpone and hard candy, a backbone of oak and rickhouse, and lurking alcohol heat. Stunning entry; there's an almost audible POP! as it flows in and suddenly balloons into full flavor. The high-rye mashbill (about 30 percent) strokes a spicy dry mint and hot grass line right through the middle of it. More intense hard candy notes, some tart berries, and then oak twines with rye for a long finish. By golly, Grand-Dad, that's great whiskey for the money!