Historical RevivalOctober 6, 2011
A few good friends hit the road this morning on a trip that has them cruising through the Northeast en route to the Midwest and back. The open road and the fall weather will surely make for some life long memories. And since I won’t be joining them, it was a bottle of Whiskey I sent along to make those memories a bit stronger. This bottle of Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey should do them well…
One of the oldest American whiskey brands still around, Old Overholt was originally distilled in western Pennsylvania and as the label clearly defines, is a Straight Rye Whiskey. American Rye Whiskey designation requires at least 51% of the mash to be made from rye and two years of aging is enough to make any rye straight. And there has been quite the resurgence of this particular subset of whiskey following up years of near extinction with small batch brands and perennial powerhouses joining the fun. Prohibition seemingly crushed the Rye Whiskey into oblivion. Yet, somehow, someway, Old Overholt survived.
While I’m sure the Overholt of old has changed over the years, now being distilled under the Beam family in Kentucky, this bottle is readily accessible and a good starting point for those new to rye. Often compared to bourbon, the other great American whiskey, rye is described as a bit rougher around the edges. Throwback cocktails like the Old Fashioned, now most often made with bourbon, were more than likely made with rye, the original american whiskey upon their conception. It’s this history that has many reaching for this classic liquor these days.
So next time you’re in the market for a whiskey, give Old Overholt a shot. It’s a whiskey for both the highs and the lows…like all good friends should be.