Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey
What the Distiller Says:
These are the three principles by which Abraham Overholt (1784-1870) lived and made his whiskey. He’s the father of American distilling and took uncompromising pride in his product — a legacy which continues today.
Old Overholt is the oldest of The Olds, a relic you can drink. This famous Straight Rye Whiskey has a distinctive ﬂavor and appeal that, after Prohibition, made it the most popular spirit in the country.
Agreeable means you get along. And Old Overholt does just that. It’s renowned for its outstanding mixability in classic cocktails like the Old Style Manhattan (look it up). The one and only Old Overholt is 80 Proof and aged 3 years.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Beam-y rye. What I mean by that is that it’s the clear intersection of the classic rye nose of mint, herbs, and spices and the Beam (distiller) house style. Tour Beam in Clermont and the warehouse ooze this smell.
Palate: Light, unoffensive but a little young. This rye seems, either through mashbill or youth to show a lot of the flavors on new corn make. Obviously, it’s at least 51% rye but that corn distillate nature is swimming in the background.
Finish: It gets hotter the longer it sits on the palate.
Comments: While not my favorite rye by any stretch it is a serviceable addition to the cocktail bar. I use it in making Manhattans and as a ginger ale mixer.