Posts tagged ‘Old Overholt’

Old Overholt Rye Whiskey Review

Old Overholt Rye WhiskeyToday, I am reviewing Old Overholt Rye, one of the oldest whiskey brands in the U.S.  According to the bottle, the company began in 1810 outside of Pittsburgh.  Nowadays, Old Overholt is owned by and distilled at Jim Beam in Kentucky.  Old Overholt is a straight rye whiskey, bottled at 80 proof (40% abv).  There is no age statement on the bottle, but my guess is that Old Overholt is around 4 years old.  I’ve had a number of requests for a review of Old Overholt, and a gentleman at the bar last week was telling me how it was his favorite American whiskey, inspiring me to grab a bottle of Old Overholt.

Old Overholt is a medium gold color.  The nose reminds me a lot of other Jim Beam rye whiskeys I have tried (Jim Beam Yellow, Knob Creek Rye).  There are notes of honey, eucalyptus, tea leaves, and some nutmeg.  The nose is light and soft, but still nice and complex.  The palate is light and herbal.  That eucalyptus note is still there with some nice black tea.  There is a light spiciness to the palate as well, like wood shavings or spiced nuts.  The finish is medium-short, with a hearty dose of rye and nutmeg.  There is a little bit of oak mixed in as well.

Overall, I am a fan of Old Overholt.  It is a great, easy-drinking rye whiskey with enough complexity to make it a fun drink.  It tastes good, and it stands well in most cocktails.  Most importantly, Old Overholt is very reasonably priced.  Even in Boston, Old Overholt is rarely over $20 a bottle.  The value in this bottle is fantastic.  My grade: C/C+.  Price: $15-20/750ml.  Old Overholt is a fine example of rye whiskey, a great introduction to the style at a great price.

p.s. This review is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.  An attack like the bombing at the Boston Marathon is carried out in order to sever relationships.  Whiskey (when enjoyed properly and responsibly) is about building relationships and enjoying life and the people who bring joy.  Please join me in fighting injustice with love, relationships, and good whiskey.  Let it ride!

(What’s in) Phil’s Cabinet? March Edition

This is my cabinet as of March 1st, normally when I start to move towards more spring and summer whiskeys, but the seasons are so messed up in Boston that it is pretty hard to actually do anything concrete with them.


Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey – A young, exciting whiskey from Bully Boy Distillers in Boston.


1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select – I cracked this one open the other day.  I know I’ve had a few requests for this one, and I’ll be reviewing it in a few weeks.

Angel’s Envy (unopened) – I’m saving this one for warmer temperatures.

Rebel Yell (unopened) – I’ve had some requests for this one, so I snagged a bottle the other day.  I’ll have a review up as soon as I kick a few of the other open bottles presently in my cabinet.

William Larue Weller (2012 bottling) – I opened this one up during Nemo the blizzard, and I haven’t decided whether or not to review this one yet.  At $70, it is right on the upper end of my price range for whiskey.  Any thoughts?


Old Overholt Rye (unopened) – This is another one I have had some requests for, and although I have a bottle, it might be a month or two before a review goes up.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (2012 bottling) (unopened) – This one will probably get opened up before it gets too warm in Boston.  Like the Weller, let me know if you want to see a review on the blog.

Willett 4 yr. Estate Reserve Single Barrel – This one is going to be a tandem review with William from a Dram Good Time.  We should have our notes up for you by the end of next week.


Bowmore Legend – I should have a review of this Islay scotch up as soon as I finish my mini-series on Irish whiskey.

Those are the whiskeys I have in the cabinet as of March 1st, let me know if there are any reviews you would like to see.  In the meantime, let it ride!