The Old Overholt 10 Year Cask Strength Rye, released in 2023, marks a significant chapter in the storied history of one of Jim Beam's oldest rye whiskey brands. Established in 1810, Old Overholt underwent various transformations, ultimately being acquired by Jim Beam in 1987. This particular expression is notable for being one of the oldest rye releases from Jim Beam, showcasing the brand's experimentation with aging Old Overholt in their Escalator Warehouse V. This warehouse's unique "elevator" barrel system facilitates easy movement of barrels, contributing to the whiskey's consistent aging process. Distilled in late 2012 and aged for a minimum of 10 years, it was bottled at a robust 60.5% ABV, retailing for around $99.
The whiskey presents a complex profile, starting with a dark caramel color and an aromatic nose filled with cherry syrup, brown sugar, toasted Maplewood, hazelnut, nutmeg, and a mix of earthy and rye spice notes. The palate diverges from the nose's sweetness, offering bold rye spices, pine, black pepper, and a touch of wood spice, leading to a long finish that smoothly transitions from spicy to sweet, with hints of clove, cinnamon, oak, and earthy spice.
Old Overholt's journey reflects the evolving tastes and preferences in rye whiskey, particularly the debate around "Kentucky style" rye versus the "Indiana style" known for its 95/5 rye mash bill. This release, described as "Kentucky style," ignites discussions on regional rye whiskey characteristics and the historical significance of rye mash bills across different states.
Despite its strong proof and the heat it delivers, the Old Overholt 10 Year Cask Strength Rye is a testament to the brand's enduring legacy and innovation in rye whiskey making. It stands as a bold, flavorful rye that challenges the palate while honoring its rich heritage
Maplewood, Hazelnut, Nutmeg
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