Discover the differences between Jim Beam vs Old Grand Dad in this head to head comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
Jim Beam Bourbon
|Nose||Caramel, vanilla, hay, corn|
|Palate||Toasty oak, peanut, vanilla, black pepper, oak spice|
|Finish||Short-lived, caramel, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Wild Turkey, Evan Williams, Jameson|
The nose is rich in corn, vanilla and butterscotch with a slight whiff of ethanol coming behind.
On the palate, Jim Beam feels thin with very little body. Flavor has some of the same sweet corn, vanilla and butterscotch hints, along black pepper, followed by a hint of acetone.
You also get the traditional peanut note noticeable on every Jim Beam Bourbon.
The finish is short and warm, leaving some sweetness, a bitter note from the oak spice and black pepper behind.
Jim Beam (Review) is a serviceable whiskey that comes handy when looking for something cheap to make cocktails but this is not something to drink either neat or use a sipper.
This bourbon is completely unremarkable, with no body, sweet at first but mostly warm and peppery. Jim Beam is not a good bourbon.
In summary, the Jim Beam Bourbon (Alternatives) is a good mixer, but not good on its own. Just too harsh and peppery to make a decent sipper.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Jim Beam Bourbon:
- The mash bill is 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley.
- Jim Beam is aged for 4 years in new charred oak barrels.
- This is the best-selling bourbon across the globe. It does not sell more than Jack Daniel’s, but the JD is not a bourbon but a Tennessee Whiskey.
Old Grand Dad
|Nose||Vanilla, oak, rye spice|
|Palate||Rye spice, oak, corn, brown sugar, cinnamon|
|Finish||Short-lived, moderately warm, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Basil Hayden’s, Wild Turkey|
The nose is sweet at first, with a hint of vanilla, followed by oak and rye spice.
On the palate, Old Grand Dad hits you with rye spice up-front. As you let it develop it provides oak, along a sweet corn note, brown sugar and cinnamon.
The finish dies fast, with some warmth to it but not much. There is some oak astringency to it but nothing terrible.
Old Grand Dad is cheap and drinkable as it’s smooth, with very little warmth, although it feels thin and watered down lacking in body.
Very easy to drink but nothing to write home about. Throw it with Coke and call it a day.
Learn more about this brand by reading my post: Discover the Best Old Grand Dad Bourbon where I rank every bottle.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Old Grand Dad:
- It does not have an age statement.
- The mash bill is 63% corn, 27% rye and 10% malted barley.
- Old Grand Dad was founded in 1882 but it has changed ownership several times throughout its history.
- The man on the label is Basil Hayden’s, the guy who came up with the idea of adding rye to the mash bill.
What do Jim Beam and Old Grand Dad have in common?
Crafted at the same distillery
Both are crafted at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY. Both brands belong to Beam Suntory along Booker’s, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Old Crow, Baker’s, among many others.
Maker’s Mark is also a brand owned by Beam Suntory but is still crafted at its own distillery.
Are Jim Beam and Old Grand Dad the same whiskey?
They use different mash bills
- No, these bourbons are not the same thing as they are crafted from different mash bills.
- Old Grand Dad uses a mash high in rye, while the Jim Beam has a moderate rye content.
- They also go through different barrel management making in them completely different.
Jim Beam vs Old Grand Dad: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jim Beam||$24||1 liter|
|Old Grand Dad||$20||750ml|
Jim Beam vs Old Grand Dad: Which is better?
Old Grand Dad tastes better
- The Old Grand Dad is not going to win any awards but is a better bourbon than the Jim Beam.
- Old Grand Dad has a high rye content but is a bit thin so you won’t get a rye blast making it easy to sip.
- It also makes a good option to make cheap cocktails with a touch of rye.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!