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Distillery Bottling
New American Oak
946 ml
No ABV on the Label, but should be about 45-50%
Bottled for
Andrew Mellon by Henry Frick
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08 Mar 2016 12:28 pm by mds51

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Whisky Reviews for Overholt 1909

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.33 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    thedrinksbusiness.com says:

     ⁃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[+]

  2. raithrover scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Colour: tobacco

    Nose: more of that tobacco followed by subtle rye spices with cloves, black pepper and dark chocolate. A hint of toffee, some shortbread and aged bananas yet it feels like I've just scratched the surface here with marzipan and red liquorice.

    Taste: very bold flavours almost a Black Forest Gateau with the cream, chocolate, sponge cake and juicy cherries. A little treacle, more of that rye spicing, black tea and tobacco. More confirmation the old ways and days were truly memorable.

    Overall: this felt like one of the great whiskies from a bygone era.
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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    N: It’s before noon and I’ve already heard fabulous things about this rye whiskey [the room whispers], and Joseph Hyman is confident that this whiskey [on his Skinner stand], is the best pour on show - and he may well be right. First impressions - wow, potent yet soft. Notes of banana chips, old putty, sweet curry spice, shortbread, korma with yoghurt, candy and notes of which are ancient, before my time [anyone's time now], and therefore nye-on impossible to describe in a 1cl hit - and not least because the profile changes every sniff. I simply have no precedent for this whiskey - like that breathtaking 63yo Mortlach WB. There's plenty of malt content in here. Joseph reckons up to 25%.

    T: Cherry sherry, putty,.... It's crazy, it's amazing, and it’s as thick as “the big print version of the complete works of Charles Dickens” - Blackadder.

    F: It doesn't hang around too long but finishes true.

    C: Legend has it that Sukhinder, who had this as his first dram of the weekend, was cart-wheeling out the room after trying it. Scores super high, has to be - it’s in a class of its own. I managed to acquire a little 2cl party bag so I'll be back with a fuller, more in-depth review in time.

     It’s one of my all-time whisk[e]y highlights. [And that’s lunch on day one].

    Scores an A[+]



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