Review #65. Smooth Ambler Old Scout Cask Strength 8yr Single Barrel Rye

Review #65 | /r/Bourbon Review #35 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout 8yr Cask Strength Single Barrel Rye

The Schtick: Smooth Ambler sourced rye from MGP/LDI in Indiana for a long while. This is a release of that bottling at cask strength.

Distiller: MGP/LDI (Indiana)

Bottler: Smooth Ambler (West Virginia)

ABV: 56.6% ABV

Age: 8 Years

Mashbill: 95/5 Rye

Source: Sample

Nose: Buttery rye. Sweet nougat-y caramel and a little molasses. There’s some rye kick.

Taste: Butter and caramel. Spice bomb right in the middle. It’s prevalent but also well balanced. There’s chocolate and cloves, with some vanilla and molasses at the end.

Finish: It’s long. It’s spicy. It becomes sweet. I love it. Very rarely do I not add some water at some point when I ‘m drinking a 100+ proof dram but this dram was complex and mellow. No water needed. Warming.

Overall: Phenomenal bottling of an excellent rye.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8


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 | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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