Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey 750mL

It had been a long time since we had a proper rye in the lounge, but summer old fashioned’s are the best kind. Sadly though this is just an overall piss poor Rye. I sort of expected it with the reduced price tag (although on average I got a ‘bargain’) This is not what I was hoping which was a Rye counter to my Old Grand-dad.


I bought this to be decanter filler, and now I have the trouble of explaining to quests my apologies if I’m not able to warn them. Fans of this are only fans of rye whiskey, but even among those individuals they must agree you can do a much better rye then this.


What they Say: “” (They say nothing)


Taste: 4.0 – It’s a bit sweet and bland here.

Aftertaste: 6.0 – It finished with a strong rye taste though.

Burn/Smooth: 3.5 – It’s a bit of burn, and just no warmth.

Aroma: 4.0 – It’s overall just not a great smell, not awful by any stretch – just not good.

Honesty: 6.5 – It’s got an old Kentucky gentlemen on the cover, and doesn’t wank over itself. Not much else though beyond being a Kentucky rye.

Mixability: 4.5

W/ Rocks: 5.0 – This accentuates the whiskey’s good points, but it goes too far to bring out some of the more hidden pitfalls of the whiskey.

Whiskey and Coke: 3.0 – Somehow this is far worse in cola, not sure why but it’s bad.

Old Fashioned: 5.5 – I mean this is certainly where you would use the drink, but still it’s not stellar.

Value: 3.0 – I got this for much cheaper (around 13) but even at that price this is not worth it, and at 17 it’s downright terrible.

Google Shop Average: $17

Website: http://www.beamsuntory.com/brands/old-overholt


Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 3.0

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Metric Score: 31.5/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.5 |+| Reviewer Average: 3.0

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Final Thoughts: That’s a pretty significant point spread, but then I think this whiskey simply failed to deliver on any account. It’s not actually cheap, it’s not like it’s very powerful, and it mixes badly to adequate. Booze companies should know that I don’t want whiskey that looks it could be my grandpa’s – I want it to taste like he owned it.


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