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.