Review #777 | /r/Bourbon Review #429 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel 11yr Bourbon #717, Astor Selection
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Distiller: Midwest Grain Products / LDi (Indiana)
Bottler: Smooth Ambler (West Virginia)
ABV: 59.4% ABV
Age: 11 Years
Nose: Oak, waffles, toffee. Definitely bourbon. Super rich in the toffee department. Oaky, dry, some pepper.
Taste: Rich and thick. Some heat, but restrained. This is pretty high proof. Oak, toffee and waffle cone. Cocoa, vanilla, honey. Faintly fruity, some strawberries and cream.
Finish: Long, oily and oaky. Rich tobacco, caramel, cereal grains, toffee and more of that faint strawberry fruitiness.
Overall + Guess: This is really nice, and I feel really comfortable pegging this as a Knob Creek Single Barrel bourbon. Guessing 12-14 years based on the oakiness, 60% ABV. I really loved the oakiness and complexity without growing bitter.
Reveal: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel 11yr Bourbon #7171, Astor’s Selection. Doh. So close. This was a lot oakier than I’ve seen in some SAOS barrels but man, it was delicious. Close on the ABV, but a whiff on age and guess. Oh well.
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