⁃The rye comes from the cellar of billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, a descendent of banker Andrew Mellon who owned a share in Old Overholt distillery.
⁃Founded in 1810, Old Overholt was originally distilled in Broad Ford Pennsylvania and was popular with the US navy during World War II.
⁃The whiskey is named after farmer Abraham Overholt, grandfather of American industrialist Henry Clay Frick.
⁃Today the brand is owned by Beam Suntory and produced at the Jim Beam distillery in Kentucky.
N: Let’s see today if this beauty lives up to my previous experience of it [blog93], one of my all-time whisky highlights - a true test after that amazing Karuizawa. The first unmistakable note and something I didnt pick up last time is dill, waxy paraffin dill - though this amazing old juice changes & develops all the time just as it did before. It can’t decide whether it’s calling the decorators or a baker, paints or pastries? Either way, the banana candy is back albeit with the dill [kind of works, possibly enough for the cookbook], sage, herbal teas [nettle, comfrey, raspberry leaf], lemon grass,… Much like before, there’s stuff I haven’t got the vocabulary or experience to name, exotic herbs and spices I’m yet to add to my repertoire - plenty of ‘off the charts’ stuff.
T: That’s simply very fine bourbon beautifully preserved. Today the dill is still ever present with old waxy banana candy, some emulsion, turpentine, menthol/peppermint, mango [Amchoor] powder, many liqueurs, a handful of wax capacitors and a myriad of smells unique to the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.
F: Dried mint>falernum on the turn, wax candles, fennel & propolis toothpaste, runny toffee, rosehip tea, more lemon grass and many Thai-based spices - chilli heat=aromatics. Then there’s the dried edible flowers, which again, I’m lacking the vocabulary for.
C: This second sample ‘changed’, but I had kept it for more than a year. It remains however utterly fantastic and somehow more intriguing/mysterious than the Karuizawa, though both are equally as stunning in their different ways.Scores an A[+]