Review #1709 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout Austin Bourbon Hunters Selection

The Schtick: Today’s bourbon review comes to us in the form of a sample that arrived blind-ish. I tasted it as part of a big Bourbon Pursuit tasting with their community, got the reveals and then was able to sit down and taste more and get down a full review. I don’t have the ABV, but I do know the age and the group that selected, which should cover the important stuff. Let’s get to it.

Review #1709 | Bourbon Review #704

Distiller: MGP

Bottler: Smooth Ambler

Brand: Smooth Ambler

Selection: Austin Bourbon Hunters

ABV: % ABV

Age: 5 Years


Nose: Kind of closed off. Not super impressive, but plenty going on to be interesting. Honey, toffee, hint of cocoa and some pepper. Faint cinnamon. Very reminiscent of much MGP out there today, but the quality is there. Yum.

Taste: Sweet caramel, pepper, dash of honey. Light melon. Nice caramel note and a hit of toffee. A bit hot, but the mouth feel more than makes up for it. Pretty impressive, to be honest.

Finish: Very much an MGP finish with rising bread, pepper, toffee and a dash of cinnamon. A bit hot, but well balanced, which is all good things.

Overall: I like this. It has a lovely palate, with a hint of spice and heat. Priced well, proofed well, it’s exactly what it needs to be. That toffee note on the palate is a big favorite of mine, and a hint of cinnamon on the finish really seals it in.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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