Toby brought me the following excerpt from Fox News. It reminded him of my dad and one particular evening in Red River. The two of them got to tasting whiskeys at Jalapeno Pete's (or was it the Red Onion). I guess it was a slow night. One of the whiskeys was Old Overholt, but somehow it was misread and called Old Overcoat. The two of them laughed and laughed over the mistake, but from then on, they always referred to that whiskey as Old Overcoat. It was probably one of those ya had to be there things or possibly it was one of those ya had to have had too many shots of whiskey things. It was definitely one of those things that made Dad and Toby good friends - not just father-in-law to son-in-law. I don't know if that was the same night that Dad brought Toby home, and both were drunk as skunks. Dad was still standing, but Toby - not so much. I won't go into the details, but I was mad as a wet hen. There my dad was swaying in my living room, telling me how they had "lost Toby, but found him again..." and Dad was laughing so hard he had tears running down his face. I let Dad know that I did not appreciate him getting my husband drunk - it made Dad laugh all the harder. And it really strengthened their man bonds - so much so that this article brought fond memories to Toby.
According to lore, this rye whiskey was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorites. Apparently The Great Emancipator had good taste. Supposedly first distilled in 1810 and named for the distiller, Abraham Overholt, it features all the spice of a typical rye. But where most ryes are powerfully peppery and burn the throats of those who aren’t used to this most traditional of American whiskeys, this one translates the spice to a rich warmth instead of the usual harsh heat. Old Overholt is a solid example of traditional rye done right. The only drawback is how quickly the tasty caramel and cinnamon flavors break down with anything more than a splash of water. Given how common it is for people to try to cut the peppery rye by diluting it, it can quickly turn into a watery mess if drinkers aren’t careful.