American Whiskey - Rye

Old Overholt 3yr Straight Rye Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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  • Proof66 Rating : Unrated
    Rabble Rating : 3.7 / 5.0
    Owner: Beam-Suntory
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    ABV: 40.0% Proof: 80.0
    Price (USD) : $16
    Age: 3

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Proof66 Notes

Old Overholt Rye Whiskey has its origins as far back as 1810 when it was founded by brothers Abraham and Christian Overholt of Pennsylvania at the family farm that would become the West Overton Distilling Company. That distillery closed to Prohibition in 1920. Eventually, the label was sold to National Distillers, which was later absorbed by Beam Global of Fortune Brands, which produces the rye whiskey today.

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This bottle has 15 ratings and 14 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (272)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-10-10)
Great Value! Nose is sweet caramel/butterscotch with rye spice in background. Neat it enters a little sweet backed with rye spice. Smooth, sweet, dry and pleasant finish without the odd aftertaste I found in the Wild Turkey and the Beam Ryes. An ice cube or two brings more caramel notes out. Made a great Old Fashioned! Really stood up to the bitters. This gets four stars for taste and an extra one for value. With Bulleit Rye going for $36 now, I'll buy this one at $21 every time and never miss Bulleit (or Templeton).
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Muncher (2015-04-14):
$37 for Bulleit and $40 for Templeton?! Those are outrageous prices. I find Bulleit for around $20 and my bottle of Templeton was $33 if I remember correctly.

BDanner (2015-04-15):
Yes...The joys of living in an ABC State. I can drive an hour south to Myrtle Beach and find some bargains, but unless I'm going for something else anyway my savings are eaten up in gas. That's why I'm always on the lookout for "bargain brands" without the "bargain taste".

SirDeath SirDeath (31)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-10-06)
A great value for a high rye mash bill. A good flavour and an excellent "table" whiskey which will please your guests and your wallet!
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Tango Tango (121)
Rating: 2.0 (2016-10-05)
Old Overholt 3 year old rye is rye light.The nose is sweet caramel, vanilla with hint of rye and oak. The entry is smooth with sweet caramel,vanilla, barley,saccharin and ending with short burst of rye and oak.It is decent entry rye at its price of $18. Blindfold I would have guess it is Canadian whisky not American rye there is a lot of barley in mash bill, and minimum 51 % rye and little corn. It is for great for persons that like light rye whisky like Wild Turkey 81 rye.Old Overholt has come down in quality from 4 year to 3 year old whisky. I remember Old Overholt as 6 year rye in early 1970 and as 4 year old rye with Beam Brands. It was a great rye then, but now a shadow of its former self.It is better than Jim Beam Rye , but not as good as Redemption Rye The saccharin and barley notes have neuter the rye spice notes.It is not a purchase for me again.
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Cgtboy1988 Cgtboy1988 (119)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-04-25)
One of the best kept secrets of the rye world. I find the elemental rye flavor comes through strong, which is good to add flavors in a mixed drink. This whiskey is not overly nuanced but can still be enjoyed quite a bit on its own. I usually keep a bottle of this around for mixing and a bottle of Sazerac for drinking straight. The price on this bottle is amazing.
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ericdrinksliquor ericdrinksliquor (44)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-04-23)
My favorite whiskey to make cocktails with
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jaketaz jaketaz (211)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-08-23)
A fine option for someone looking to get Manhattans going on the cheap, get yourself a bottle of this, maybe some Benchmark or Evan 1783, cherries and Tribuno vermouth (a surprisingly spicy choice for under $7 per fifth) and you could set up a solid Manhattan station for under $40. It is definitely real rye, and definitely tastes that way, and no one will knock the "authenticity" of your cocktail... but I'd rather go Rittenhouse. This is good neat but too light for me, the proof is low enough that when mixed it kinda falls apart from the dilution. I prefer heavier ryes so I'll go Rittenhouse, or Wild Turkey Rye 101 proof.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-03-21)
I've been playing a game of "How low can you go", with the price that is, and still find a decent pour. I paid $12.50 for my bottle and the amount of quality per dollar in this rye is just amazing. I agree with BDanner's notes on the nose (caramel, butterscotch, rye spice) and on the palate (subtle sweetness and rye spice). Spice and oak linger on the finish very pleasantly. Very similar to the Templeton Rye, but at a third of the price, so I guess I won't be buying another bottle of that stuff.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2015-04-14):
Exactly! Wish I could get this for $12.50. But even for $21 I no longer have to walk down the aisle and gaze longingly at the $37 Bulleit and the $40 Templeton.

wbrinst wbrinst (10)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-01-16)
Really surprisingly good given its low price. Not incredibly complex but a good rye in cocktails
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Storcke Storcke (39)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-12-23)
An amazing rye for the price. A little thin because it's only 80 proof and 4 years old (but not harsh at all, which you might expect), but plenty of rye flavor, spicy rye kick. I use it as an appetizer for "better" ryes, but I wouldn't be disappointed if this were the only rye I had for the evening.
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Phizbin Phizbin (362)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-08-06)
Thin is a good way to describe. Its very young, as others have noted, so its missing big aged whiskey flavor. But the rye is nice and great for mixing at the price. Theres a little needle in the tongue--bummer for a low proof spirit--but an ice cube or a bit if water improves it. I agree: best suited with ginger ale or other rye cocktails. Very serviceable and good price.
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bdehoog bdehoog (81)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-11-20)
Best rye for the price. best for mixed drinks but doesnt have a lot of flavor or complexity. probably best with ginger ale and bitters. $12.
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2OOO 2OOO (4)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-02-12)
A truly great Rye, but it needs time to settle in with you. Its like this:    a) 3 stars when you open it, not much flavor. Kinda quick        flash-burn if you taste it straight, but not bad at all.    b) 80 proof, so put it in the fridge and forget about ice cubes.    c) If you have a can of Wine Saver, use it to keep the oxygen off        Overholt as you work down the bottle.    d) At about 1/2 full, every good thing you ever heard about Rye        flavor kicks in. Suddenly you find you got a true 5 star whiskey. Cheers
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CapnJimbosRumProject CapnJimbosRumProject (31)
Rating: 4.0 (2011-12-12)
It's strange that Overholt is under rated, especially since it's the exact same distillate as Jim Beam Rye, from the same stills and from the same wash.   Exactly. The difference:  Overholt has a bit more age, in a bit more active barrels, and to me at least, a better and somewhat more sophisticated dry rye.   Nice. More details at:  http://rumproject.com/rumforum
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dschafer dschafer (19)
Rating: 4.0 (2011-03-22)
Great value brand rye whiskey. A good staple for rye whiskey cocktails.
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