Patrick loves bourbon and is a part of a few bourbon communities. Over the weekend, we met up with one of his bourbon buddies for the first time, along with his wife at their home in Napa, to pick up a bottle of Old Grand Dad 114 from 1986. We had a nice time getting to know them and found out that we had a lot of commonalities.
They were so nice to have us over and to give us the opportunity to taste a few very rare & valuable bourbon bottles. Here are some of our thoughts:
- Old Grand Dad 114 (1986) - Lot 13: We both loved the 114. Patrick describes the nose as burnt orange, flower, and honey. I say the nose smells like caramel and molasses. It has fairly medium heat but doesn't drink as hot as one would expect for a 114 proof. Patrick says comparing it to a current release of 114, the current release drinks hotter for him. It has a nice butterscotch, orange and caramel taste with a great concentrated flavor. It finishes with a taste of dry wood.
- Very Old Fitzgerald (1958): This wheater bourbon was made at Stitzel Weller back when Pappy van Winkle was still at the helm. While it didn't blow my mind, I thought it was nice, smooth and easy to drink.
- Sherwood Rye (Pre-1919): This pre-prohibition Sherwood rye was advertised for medicinal uses (not pictured as it was in a normal glass decanter). I thought it was mellow, drinkable and had subtle hints of orange. Patrick was surprised that it still had a bright rye flavor.
Overall, it was great meeting a couple that takes up similar interests to ours (food & booze) and it was super cool of them to offer us a taste of their bourbon. Here are some photos of the bottles:
By the way, Happy Bourbon Heritage Month!