Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey is the claimed daily pour of Doc Holiday, and one of the standards for old school rye whiskey. It has a history that goes back to 1810, but its ownership, distilling method, mash bill, and location have changed. From its Pennsylvania roots, to its current Kentucky home, it still is considered a reference point for straight rye whiskeys. And let’s be honest, the romance of the name does not hurt any. I would present that like with the Ford Mustang, would both a 1969 and a 2017 still be Mustangs? So for me, Old Overholt is still Old Overholt. And having a pour of it conjures up images of dusty saloons, faded cards, slightly out of tune pianos, and Doc himself.
You can read more about this whisky on its maker’s site: www.theoldswhiskeys.com/whiskeys/.
AGE: 3 years
SERVED: Neat / Glencairn Glass
COLOR: Medium gold with a touch of amber.
NOSE: Young alcohol with rye spice dominate the first nose, then caramel and some floral notes come forward, and some green apple dances along with the other notes. A bit grassy and dusty leather come forward, shyly but make themselves known. As it sits, caramel and vanilla become more prominent.
PALATE: Vanilla is then followed by rye spice, pepper, green apple, and then strong spices mix with a touch of grass and a mild oak.
FINISH: Medium finish that lingers longer than I expected for an 80 proof pour. This was a pleasant surprise. Spice, green apple, and a touch of oak are left behind, as well as a faint sweetness.
OVERVIEW: This is not a complex pour, but for its age and price that was not expected. But it is a very nice pour. It is actually smoother than I had expected, and I almost wanted more dust and leather. It is quite suitable for sipping as well as mixed drinks. This is a medium rye, so it will not blow you away, but it definitely lets you know it is a rye. And for the price, it is easy to stock as a daily pour. I enjoyed it and would have no problem recommending it. It may not be the best hand in the deck, but it is a good one.