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Old Overholt Bottled in Bond Rye, 50%

Price: $25 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth




This veteran rye never managed to ascend from the bottom shelf. Perhaps a new generation of enthusiasts couldn't get behind the staid name, or found the price too low to believe. But having persevered for over two centuries, Old Overholt's time has come. This new version (indicated by its red cap) eliminates chill-filtering, resulting in greater flavor and depth. Aromas of Christmas spice cake, cinnamon, apple, and toasted grain lead to a mouthful of berry fruit, with seductive allspice, cacao, and walnut notes. What's old is new again! Number 12 in the 2020 Top 20