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Old Overholt straight rye whiskey
I suggest you to take a virtual walk to the US. No, „To Chicago and Back“, to Clermont, Kentucky. Why there? The answer is implied by itself – there is located one of the Jim Beam distilleries, which produces this interesting, and the Americans would say „budget“ rye whiskey.
Before I jump into stories about the history of the beverage, I want to clarify – this isn’t bourbon, but rye whiskey. The difference is in the main raw material. In the bourbon/ Tennessee whiskey this is corn /maize/ with percentage content between 51-75% /if this volume is exceeded, the distillate will be named corn whiskey, for which the US legislation has not introduced a minimum aging period requirement, or norms obliging the manufacturers to use only new, charred oak barrels/. In the rye whiskey, the basis is formed by rye, which replaces the maize, and this forms its character. This does not mean that in the production of this kind of whiskey is not used corn and other crops – they just have a complementary function, as undoubtedly contribute to the completion of profile of the beverage. And after this introduction, time came for some facts. First, this whiskey is „budget“ in America as it is positioned in the lower price range. I have no idea how much would be the price of a bottle here, as I haven’t seen anyone offering it. I knew of its existence on the Bulgarian territory from my visitations in Bar Caldo. In case of great interest, perhaps the friends from Maxxium Bulgaria would import official copies for distribution in Bulgaria, as they are the distributors of some of the Jim Beam’s products. And mentioning Beam, it is appropriate to note that the company produces Old Overholt from about 30 years, after buying the brand. Before that, the whiskey was produced in Broad Ford, Pennsylvania. The initial owner of the brand was founded in 1810 by Abraham Overholt /the gentleman in the picture on the label, which I originally thought of US President/. In fact, this whiskey wears its glory since the time of the Wild West, when Doc Holliday – the deceiver and marksman, well-known from the Tombstone movie, liked sipping from it. Later the liquid was used as a „medicinal“ alcohol by the United States Navy during World War II. The whiskey is about 3-year-old, 40% alcohol by volume and is part of the so-called „Old line“ of Jim Beam, also including Old Grand-Dad и Old Crow. And imperceptibly the time came for my personal impressions.
Aroma – buttery, sweetish, pine nuts, pine, resin, woody note, plum jam and peach jam, ginger, weak vanilla notes, forest fruit liqueur, roll „Kevork“, soft mint and caramel. Taste – slightly spicy, sweetness, liqueur, buttery, memory of eucalyptus candy. Finish – short to medium. Butter cake, slightly woody presence, pepperness, mint, pine nuts, sweetness.