• Seth

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Review

This stuff is fantastic. I'm depressed I don't have more backups.



Type: Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: MGP, bottled by Smooth Ambler Spirits

Proof: 98.8

Age: 11 years

Price Paid: $54.99


Color

Light copper or a deep gold


Nose

This is a truly delightful nose. It's like walking into a dessert shop with all the sweetness and sugary aromas. Everything I get is sweeter than usual. It's not a scent of corn, but corn syrup. It reminds me of the scent at a candy store where divinity is being made. There's caramel, creme brulee, just a slightest hint of oak, and even a bit of cotton candy.


Taste

It's not quite as sweet as the nose had me expecting. The rye is really upfront with this one as well. I get a decent amount of oak, along with butterscotch and vanilla extract. This proof is right up my alley. It's got plenty of kick, but remains extremely smooth.


Finish

I'd classify this as a long finish. I wrote down medium several times, but each time I thought it was over, it hung on a little longer. Additional sips confirmed this was no fluke. On the finish I still get the oak and rye, but a hint of tobacco joins the party.


Overall

I really enjoyed this bottle. It's unique, it's right in my wheelhouse with proof and age, and it's got a decent amount of complexity but remains drinkable and smooth. This is one I always want to have stocked in my home bar. I'm sad that you can't find them anymore, but I'll be looking for additional bottles anywhere I can find them.


Rating

4.25/5

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