This bottle is from the early 1990's and has a fake green tax stamp over the cap. The whiskey was distilled at the Old Grand Dad Distillery which produced it's last whisky in 1987. Old Grand Dad is still bottled at the Old Grand Dad distillery, but is distilled at one (or both) of the Jim Beam distilleries.
A nice, round, bourbony nose, with heavy caramel, sweet and inviting. The palate has a nice medium-sweetness, very "round" again -- a really pleasant melding of sweet corn and vanilla-caramel stuff. Some alcoholy notes fluttering about diminish but definitely doesn't ruin the experience. This approaches "richly flavored," but not quite... let's call it a "medium and pleasing flavor intensity." Finish continues the theme in a slow, medium-long fade. That alcoholy stuff keeps this in the B range (I recognize this is 50% ABV), but I really like it quite a bit. B/B+
N: Rich spicy rye with an undercurrent of ginger, a little cherry and oak. P: Full bodied and oily, lots o' rye just like I like it. Big. F: Long and spicy. Gotta love the National Distillers juice, not sure what they did differently but it was the shizzle.
Toasted sweet corn and warm syrup on the nose. There is good wood influence with some spice and hints of berry fruits. Oily and viscous on the palate. The oak and corn come through with just the right amount of sweetness. It evaporates quickly into something like wood sealer vapors. That was actually not a bad note and made things interesting. Added complexity with dry dark chocolate and a lingering rye finish. B/B+