American Whiskey - Bourbon

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: West Virginia, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2012

Proof66 Notes

Old Scout Bourbon is aged for 6 to 7 years in new American White Oak (as bourbon must be) and made from a grain bill of "high rye content." Along with the 50%+ corn content, it has 36% rye, which will give the whiskey a spicy and robust feel often favored by enthusiasts of classic whiskey cocktails such as the Old Fashioned. It is bottled at a somewhat higher proof and, we feel, will withstand heavy dilution. They suggest looking for "subtle apple, cherry, and tobacco" aromas.

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This bottle has 3 ratings and 3 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (211)
Rating: 2.5 (2016-10-10)
*Batch 117-Bottled by James on 3/12/15-Aged 7yrs* This had been on my "to try" list for a while and after I received an email from Smooth Ambler saying this and the 10 year were being discontinued due to procurement issues I decided to pick up one of the last two bottles my store had. This one is a light amber moving toward rust. Appropriate for 7 yrs and 99 proof. On the nose, give it a few minutes to open up for a touch of confectionary sweetness (think a custard filled donut) with a hefty dose of rye spice and faint oak. Similar to Wild Turkey. Oddly a splash of water brings a big dose of ethanol to the nose. Tried neat, this one starts off with a promising pink bubblegum sweetness, but that is quickly shoved out of the way by aggressive hot rye spice and bitter oak. Goes down with a short hot finish with tingling astringency left on the palate. A splash does tame the aggressiveness of this somewhat, but not nearly enough. Ice just makes it a muddled mess. Did not mix well either. I am usually a fan of high rye bourbons, but this one has no balance. I'm kicking myself knowing that for $3 more I could've picked up a bottle of 4Roses Single Barrel which is on sale this month.
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scollings scollings (97)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-10-29)
I agree for the most part with Memphis on this. This one, while pleasant enough, does nothing particularly well, and most of the full range of flavors seem washed out. There is a spicy hit early in the middle that lasts a while, but that's pretty much it. In my opinion, James E Pepper 1776 Bourbon is a far better balanced and bright Ryed Bourbon for the money.
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Memphis Memphis (13)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-05-18)
If I could have chosen 3.5 stars that would have been better. This sip has nice initial sweetness and then a strong spicy finish that lasts forever. A lot of Rye heavy bourbons dont have the combination with sweetness, which in my mind is essential. The nose is pleasant but does not create the wow that a cask strength pour would do. For my taste, I would use this in a cocktail rather than neat because of the strong spice.
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