Discover the differences between Evan Williams Bottled in Bond vs Old Grand Dad Bonded in this head to head comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
Evan Williams Bottled in Bond
|Nose||Vanilla, oak, grassy hint, ethanol|
|Palate||Oak, maple syrup, vanilla, grassy|
|Finish||Lingering heat, corn, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||100 proof (50% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Henry McKenna 10, Wild Turkey 101|
The nose is fairly sweet, with hints of vanilla and oak along a strong grassy note and a whiff of ethanol.
On the palate, you get heat at first, once you get past the warming note there is a sweet oaky flavor, with hints of vanilla and more of the grassy hint.
The finish has a moderate length with a little ethanol burn, oak spice and a hint of sweet corn.
The Evan Williams Bottled in Bond is a bit harsh, with alcohol burn present from nose to finish, burns more than what you would expect from a 100 proof pour. Yet delivers nice sweet tasting notes with moderate oak to it.
Not the best sipper, but it makes a banging Old Fashioned and for the price it is hard to beat making a good budget bourbon.
Evan Williams is known for somewhat harsh bourbons and this one is no exception. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad, on the contrary, this is the best option for people like me who prefer a bit of bite in their drinks.
Learn more about this brand by reading my post Discover the Best Evan Williams Whiskey where I rank every release.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Evan Williams Bottled in Bond:
- Aged at least 4 years.
- Made from a mash comprised of of 78% corn, 10% rye and 12% malted barley.
- Earned Double Gold Medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Evan Williams is crafted at the Heaven Hills Distillery along the Elijah Craig, Larceny, Rittenhouse Rye, Pikesville among many others.
- Evan Williams, a native of Wales, built his distillery in 1783 and was Kentucky’s first commercial distiller.
Old Grand Dad Bonded Bourbon
|Nose||Vanilla, caramel, peaches|
|Palate||Rye spice, cinnamon, oak, peanut, black pepper|
|Finish||Oak, baking and rye spice|
|Alcohol content||100 proof (50% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water, rocks|
|Similar to||Old Grand Dad 114, Old Grand Dad|
Nose is mostly sweet, with hints of vanilla, caramel and peaches; there is a tiny scent of ethanol.
On the palate, Old Grand Dad Bonded kicks-off with a strong flavor of oak, cinnamon and rye spice, that mellows into caramel sweetness, roasted peanuts and a dash of black pepper.
The finish has a moderate length, is rich in oak, along baking and rye spice.
Old Grand Dad Bonded has some warmth to it but not as much as you would expect from a bourbon at 100 proof.
It drinks nicely neat although a drop or two of water releases additional sweetness while tuning-down some of the rye spice.
This Bourbon is not only good, but the best Old Grand Dad Bourbon and at its current price it delivers great value for the money and a cheap alternative to the Basil Hayden’s as they are made using the same mash.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Old Grand Dad Bonded:
- Bottled at 100 proof.
- Aged for at least 4 years under government supervision.
- Distilled in the same calendar year
- Mash bill is made from 63% corn, 27% rye and 10% malted barley.
- Old Grand Dad is crafted at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY along Booker’s, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Old Crow, Baker’s and a few others.
Evan Williams Bottled in Bond vs Old Grand Dad Bonded: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Evan Williams Bottled in Bond||$19|
|Old Grand Dad Bonded||$25|
Evan Williams Bottled in Bond vs Old Grand Dad Bonded: Which is better?
Old Grand Dad for sipping, Evan Williams for mixing
- Both are bottled at 100 proof but the Evan Williams lets you feel the burn from nose to finish, while the Old Grand Dad is quite smooth yet tasty making a better rounded bourbon
- Old Grand Dad is rich in rye as opposed to the EW. This rye presence, along its high proof make a better option when in the mood for tasty cocktails.
- if you are exclusively looking for a bourbon to make punchy cocktails the Evan Williams is a better option as its warmth makes cocktails more interesting.
What is a Bottled in Bond Bourbon?
Bottled in bond is a label for US-made distilled spirits that has been aged and bottled according to a set of legal regulations contained in the United States government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, as originally laid out in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.
As a reaction to widespread adulteration in American whiskey in the past, the act made the federal government the guarantor of a spirit’s authenticity, while giving producers a tax incentive for participating, and helping ensure proper accounting and the eventual collection of taxes
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