Review #66 | /r/Bourbon Review #36 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout 8yr Single Barrel Bourbon
The Schtick: This is a single barrel release from Smooth Ambler. Bottled at cask strength from sourced MGP distillate.
Distiller: MGP/LDI (Indiana)
Bottler: Smooth Ambler (West Virginia)
ABV: 53.5% ABV
Age: 8 Years
Nose: A good bit of ethanol. Some vanilla, allspice and molasses under that alcohol nose.
Taste: Oak, some mild char, vanilla and more ethanol. The 8yr Rye was stronger proof wise and let almost none of its alcohol show through relative to this.
Finish: Long and hot. More wood and molasses.
Overall: This was mediocre. Not bad, but very heavy ethanol covered most of the good notes here.
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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 | 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