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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    Quote Originally Posted by soad View Post
    Sounds like good news....if 50% of the people like the 3 year-old, that's 50% more than liked the 4 year-old.
    That is funny - I was thinking "I don't know hardly anyone who liked the 4 yr old?" And now I feel like a moron for thinking "But TWO people like the 3 yr old . . . might need to try that stuff out!" On the plus side, very little financial risk.
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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    Quote Originally Posted by ethangsmith View Post
    Yep. Only downside to the Overholt. I wish the BIB would return- but I suppose that's what the Knob Creek Rye is!
    Not really, if I remember right it was composed of some 9 year-old and a lot of four-year old stock. (BIB being all from the same distilling season, of course). But I would definitely like to see an Overholt BIB.

    I'd also like to see the yellow label get back to a little more balance. I've had decent bottles but lately it has been a curious combination of bland and immature.
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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    Quote Originally Posted by soad View Post
    Sounds like good news....if 50% of the people like the 3 year-old, that's 50% more than liked the 4 year-old.
    Uh, I like the 4yo, stocked up a few, too. No accountin' fer ma taste, ' s'pose.

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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    Love to see a BIB version aged for 6 years and made according to the National Distillers recipe.

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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    Anybody recall the original Overholt mash bill? I was thinking about 59% rye.
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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    Well, I took the plunge and picked up a bottle last night.

    I have to say it's not bad. Pretty different from the 4 year olds, though. More flavor, big and grainy, with a nice clean finish. Not white doggy at all but obviously really young. Best part, it lacks a lot of that Beam funk we've all come to expect.

    Others on this board have pointed out that rye shows itself well both very young and very old, and I think this is a good example of that.

    I'm not sure I would recommend it, unless you're a fan of bold, young whiskey, but I think it's worth trying just to experience how different it is from the earlier product. Which makes me think I should revisit the Beam rye. Last time I did a head to head with Beam and Overholt they were indistinguishable, and pretty bland.
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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    That's not surprising because they're the same thing under different labels though one would hope Beam does blend to a flavor profile. They certainly have enough barrels to choose from.
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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    as bad as I found the only 3 year old bottle I've had to be, I wouldn't even consider purchasing a 4 year if i saw it. I found it to be undrinkable, and used it for a few times to mix in my BBQ sauce. When I determined it wasn't even maskable with habanero BBQ sauce, I dumped it down the drain. That's the only whiskey Ive ever dumped out. But, in fairness, I've come to not be a rye fan. Rye heavy bourbons are okay, but not ryes.
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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    It's not "rye" though that's at fault (I'm responding to the last posting), but rather Jim Beam's (current) take on it. They can do better.

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    Re: overholt three years old, better than the four?

    but I do enjoy OGD114, which is a high rye Beamer itself
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