Old Overholt (1980s)
Added on Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 07:08 PM
  Bottler: National Distillers
  Age: 4 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
This is an Old Overholt from the time it was owned by National Distillers, prior to its being sold to Jim Beam.
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

This is a totally different whiskey than the current, weak-ass Beam bottling of Overholt.  The nose has a lush, Bourbony quality with just a tinge of rye spice; there's even a little bit of dried fruit. On the palate you get corn-sweetness first, then some rye sets in which cuts the sugar but doesn't had much spice.  The tinge of rye lingers onto the finish.

 

Like the current version, there isn't a strong rye taste in this rye, but it's not light like the Beam version.   C+/B-

Chris
 
N: Very faint rye and a whiff of something odd, like scrambled eggs with cinnamon.
P: Hmm.  Oily and rather lacking in flavor, but no off notes.  A little butterscotch.  Typically I like these old National Distiller's bottlings better than the modern versions, but that isn't the case here.   I really like (and I seem to be alone on this) the dry floral clean flavor of the current Old Overholt, which is simple but tasty.
F: A bit of rye, and then green wood.
This has hints of what I like in other ND bottlings, but it doesn't add up right.
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