Well, gather ’round, folks, because tonight we’re diving into a classic American bourbon with quite the history – Old Overholt. As I sit back in my favorite leather armchair, staring into the depths of this dark honey-colored liquid, I can’t help but feel a connection to the past, to those early days when this whiskey was first distilled by the legendary Abraham Overholt himself back in 1810.
The first thing that strikes me about Old Overholt is its proof. At a solid 86, it promises a robust flavor experience that doesn’t disappoint. This bourbon is non-chill filtered, a choice that enhances its character and gives it a unique edge. No shortcuts here; it’s all about savoring the rich history in every sip.
As I bring the glass to my nose, I’m greeted by a delightful aroma. Light spices and pepper mingle with a subtle fruitiness, and hints of vanilla dance in the background. It’s like taking a stroll through an orchard, with the spice of the rye carrying the scent of ripe fruits on the breeze. It’s no wonder this whiskey was once the darling of the nation.
Now, onto the taste. The first sip coats my palate with a full-bodied embrace, and I can feel the balance between spice and deep, dark fruits. It’s like a symphony of flavors, each note harmonizing perfectly. The rye spice gives it a kick, while the dark fruits add a touch of sweetness, making it an experience that lingers on the taste buds.
And that finish, my friends, is nothing short of spectacular. It’s full-bodied, balanced, and incredibly flavorful. Old Overholt doesn’t just fade away; it holds its ground and leaves a lasting impression. It’s a testament to the dedication of the Beam family, who have been committed to preserving the legacy of Abraham Overholt and his enduring American rye.
As I sit here savoring this remarkable bourbon, I can’t help but appreciate the history it represents. From its humble beginnings in 1810 to becoming the most popular spirit in the country at one point, Old Overholt has witnessed the changing tides of American whiskey culture. And through it all, it has remained true to its industrious spirit, just as Abraham intended.
So, here’s to Old Overholt, a bourbon that carries the weight of centuries in every sip and a taste that keeps the legacy of Abraham Overholt alive for folks like me who appreciate a good, honest bourbon with a story to tell. Cheers!
Based in Quebec and photographer for more than 15 years, I specialize in press photography (photojournalism) and corporate and event photography.
A 2006 graduate of the prestigious photojournalism program at Loyalist College in Belleville (Ontario, Canada), I first distinguished myself by being the first runner up student of the Association of Press Photographers of Eastern Canada (Eastern Canadian News photographers Association) for the quality of my portfolio.
Back in Quebec City after an internship at the Ottawa Citizen and the Edmonton Sun, and a contract at the Windsor Star, I quickly developed a large clientele including some of the most prestigious Canadian newspapers.
In 2018, I published two books: The hidden face of photography and En photo et en Affaires