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

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-

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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