Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey

Old Overholt 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey bottle

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Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey is a 4-year old rye whiskey produced by James B. Beam Distilling Co. and is part of the company’s Old Overholt brand family.

It uses the distillery’s Kentucky-style rye recipe despite the brand’s ties to Monongahela, or Pennsylvania, style ryes. Beam doesn’t disclose the exact mashbill but it uses the same recipe shared by Knob Creek Rye and Jim Beam Rye, both of which are estimated to use 51% rye, 35% corn and 14% malted barley. By contrast, traditional Monongahela mashbills use a very high rye content and no corn.

In 2013, the distillery reduced the stated age from 4 years to three to keep up with demand. In 2020, Beam increased the strength from 80 to 86 proof, added a red plastic twist top, and bottled it without chill filtration.1Corpse Revived – Old Overholt/New Overholt The brand’s 4-year age statement returned in 2022.2One More Dram – Old Overholt Announces 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey

Old Overholt is one of the oldest continuously-produced brands of whiskeys and traces its history back to the early 1800s. In 1810, Abraham Overholt began managing his family’s rye whiskey distillery in Western Pennsylvania, and although the brand has changed ownership several times over the years, it has been continuously produced ever since.

Tasting Notes

Tasting notes provided by James B. Beam Distilling Co..


Light spices and pepper mixed with a slight fruitiness and hints of vanilla


Full body with balance of spice and deep, dark fruits


Full-bodied, balanced and very flavorful