Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey
Old Overholt is a Straight Rye Whiskey, aged four years and bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol). It isn’t fancy, but it doesn’t need to be: if you can only find one brand of American Rye on the shelf, it will be Old Overholt. The plain brown bottle and its simple yellow label testify to this American Rye’s unassuming nature.
Old Overholt is special in that it’s the only Rye that still follows a traditional Monongahela (Pennsylvania) Whiskey recipe.
Abraham Overholt (the face of Old Overholt today) began distilling his Rye whiskey in 1810, and by 1812 had established a commercial distillery in West Overton, PA, where he produced Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey. In 1860, Jacob Overholt (Abe’s son) and his cousin Henry Overholt built a second distillery in nearby Broad Ford, and it was here that the first Rye whiskey bearing the Overholt brand was distilled.