Tour de Bourbon Day 12: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

Smooth Ambler is back for a second try on Day 12, with Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old, a “Straight Bourbon Whiskey” that’s 49.5% alcohol.2015-12-14 Smooth Ambler Old Scout

Old Scout Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I must confess some trepidation – my first word on opening this one up was “uh oh.” The¬†Smooth Ambler Contradiction¬†currently occupies the not-all-all-coveted last place on my rankings, and I compared its flavor to an oil drum.

Happily, this is a really different bourbon. The initial nose is mild, with hints of tobacco – that’s good pipe tobacco, mind you. In the mouth, it’s smooth, with hints of caramel or toffee, almost sweet.

The Smooth Ambler site says it’s “exceptionally drinkable for 99 proof” and I have to agree. This is good stuff.

Three stars!

The updated rankings:

  1. Blanton’s Gold Edition
  2. Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7
  3. Bulleit
  4. Elijah Craig
  5. Evan Williams
  6. FEW
  7. Booker’s 7 Year
  8. Four Roses
  9. Michter’s
  10. Roughstock Montana
  11. Old Forester
  12. Smooth Ambler Contradiction

 

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