Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey Review

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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/.

ABV: 40%dsc_2410-2

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.

PRICE: $15

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