Stats – 49.5% alcohol, 95% rye mashbill, aged at least 7 years, Maxwelton, WV
Price – $40
Color – Brown and red amber
Nose – Floral and spicy
Palate – Craft distilleries often have to find ways to bridge-the-gap of production to profit. This is particularly tough for those making whiskey since it has to sit in a barrel for at least 2 years before it can be bottled and sold. Rather than sitting on their hands and waiting it out, most distillers make gin and vodka (which can be sold immediately after distillation) to carry the company along until its whiskey matures. Another popular option is to buy market-ready whiskey and bottling in house. The “Old Scout” moniker over at the Smooth Ambler Distillery is in reference to their independent bottling of whiskey they’ve scouted and sourced from other distilleries. Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye is rich and sweet like a buttery caramel. A good, yet subtle, spice starts to warm this up with cinnamon apples with a touch of clove. A hint of fruity black cherries hangs just out of reach in the background. The finish has some dry oak and a licorice and aniseed spice with just the faintest amount of fresh peppermint at the tail-end. While it spicy like you would expect from a rye, it still has a good dose of rich brown sugar sweetness. Even though this is adopted from other producers, you can taste the pedigree of quality and care in producing this rye.
Smooth Ambler – Old Scout Rye Tastes Like:
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