Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Single Barrel

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Single Barrel

I picked this up at a long-standing south loop standby, Warehouse Liquors. They regulary carry interesting store picks that differ greatly from many of the Binny's store picks I usually pick up. This particular whiskey is no different. Smooth Ambler makes some excellent MGP sourced picks. Smooth Ambler is traditionally known for the excellent single barrel rye picks, but man I just love their bourbon picks. They hit all the right notes for me and the price can't be beat.

Bottle Info

Distillery: Smooth Ambler

Barrel type: bourbon

Age: 9

ABV: 55.4

How this acquired: store

Cost: $54

Year purchased: 2015

Tasting Notes

Nose: dill, rich spice, oak, carmel, cream pudding, toffee, butterscotch donuts, vanilla, chocolate

Nose[water]: butter, rich cream, caramel, heavy sweet syrup, less spice and more bourbony notes

Taste: butterscotch, pecan pie, caramel, creamy wirther's chocolates, peachy fruit notes, chocolate spice, dense raspberry, minty

Taste[water]: sweet milk chocolate, sugary, honey, clover, salty butterscotch

Finish: long spicy sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon cream, floral spiciness

Finish[water]: cream, fruity, flowery, honey, chocolate

Binary Score: 1

Value Notes

Would I buy this (or if already bought, would you buy this again): Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

Value For Money: 5/5

My Scoring System

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 | The best whiskey of all time.

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