Review #2, /r/bourbon Review #2 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10yr, 100pf | 50.0% ABV
This is a sourced product produced by MGP/LDi in Indiana that is “scouted” and then aged at Smooth Ambler. It’s no secret that this is their method and they are more than happy to talk about it which is commendable. This is a particular small batch product of theirs. I’ve gone back to revisit and refresh this review with another tasting.
Sampled neat in a Glencairn, rested 15 minutes.
Nose: Very sweet, lots of vanilla, sugar, ice cream cone type cookie notes. Cinnamon and a little oaky clove, but very much a leaner into the sweet category. A lot of corn syrupy notes here which I think is the culprit.
Taste: Sugar and maple. Originally, I thought the proof was overpowering but that was definitely my virgin palate. Sweet and sugary, almost vegetal and corn heavy. It’s complex but leans towards the sweet side with a lot less oak influence than expected for the age.
Finish: Medium but complex and relatively gentle. The proof is there but it’s not punishing. Just a nice sweet departure (literally)
Overall: This is a fine dram, especially at the price. Although I’m not taking price into account, it’s worth noting that this is a great value since it can be had for $45 or so where I’m from. It’s no bargain like the Eagle, but it’s still very reasonable. The flavors are strong and complex and there aren’t any major flaws to speak of. For that, I’ll give this a Rank 6.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | This is a good, solid daily.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists