Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Select 13 Year

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Select 13 Year

(0.75l, 47.6%)


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Thirteen years has served this blended cask-strength Bourbon well — it’s lightly sweet and smooth.
John Little of Smooth Ambler Spirits set out with his father-in-law to make something his adopted state of West Virginia would be proud of. In 2009 that dream became a reality when they opened up their distillery in the tiny town of Maxwellton — which sits in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. They have a single, small batch still. But sales have done well and they are up to approximately 80 barrels per month produced across two shifts. In-house they produce two Whiskies, two Gins, a Rum, and a Vodka. They also market the “Old Scout” brand of limited edition, blended Whiskies which are sourced from other sources and collected by Whiskey-lovers.
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Select 13 Year is a bottle of powerful awesome.The first thing you need to know is that it’s a high-corn Bourbon — the mash bill includes 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. Most people think that this yields a sweeter, mellow Whiskey. But since it’s bottles at cask strength, it’s “mellow” at full volume. And because this is a genuine single-barrel spirit, the exact proof/ABV varies and there are subtle differences in flavor profile. The exact specs for your bottle will appear on the label. That also means that this is a limited release, so get your share while you can.
Smartass corner:
The name Smooth Ambler fits the laid-back, easy-going style of the the locals who take their time, but always get where they’re going in style.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Region
    West Virginia
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Smooth Ambler
  • Age
    13 Year Old

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toasted wood
What does Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Select 13 Year taste like?

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Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark Amber
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose is strong with notes of toffee and Crackerjacks with warm pecans.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavors are rich, smooth, and strong with butterscotch, toasted wood, and red velvet cake.
The finish is remarkably smooth for this strength with lingering spice cake notes.
Ratings & Reviews
One of the worst bourbons I’ve ever had. The nose smelled like a combination of old box wine and the taste was nothing but medicinal Flinstone vitamins. This juiced was sourced from Tennessee, most likely coming from Dickel. If you’re not a fan of Dickel, stay away from this one.
Great tasting bourbon. Lots of unique flavors.
I like just like sipping it
Terrific bourbon, almost too much going on, but every sip is enjoyable.
I love it. Simply go buy a bottle and enjoy it. I thought it was smooth, great flavor. Now I did mix it with Coke. I have plans to try it on the rocks.
Peanuts peanuts and more peanuts. It’s the only taste I get. Was very disappointed in this after reading good reviews
Our group did like this one at all. We tried it straight and as a mix drink and it was to harsh. The Jefferson is a much smoother Bourbon.
Delicious. I will definitely be keeping this on hand. And will be travertine WV for a tour...
Excellent. Not sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. Very smooth and easy to recommend.
It was so good, so smooth and tasty, one of my friends walked off with the bottle!
Very smooth to drink. I found the flavor profiles to my liking, the spice taste right before the sweet corn flavor is very nice. Would recommend this to anyone.
Rich aroma of brown sugar & grandma's oatmeal. Spice arrives just before the rich corn & chestnut warmth. Alcohol varies from batch to batch but it's not overpowering.
Heavy on the Doughy side. Even the nose smells like your inside a bread factory. Not what I was expecting based off the flavor profile and other Smooth Ambler offerings I have. Hoping a little air and age brings out something in this bottle.
The beauty of a single barrel Bourbon is that all of us can try this wonderful ambler and have varying degrees of the same shared experience. My batch is 13639, bottled by that stallion of a human, James, and worth every penny. I see its sold out right now. I see that because I was vigorously trying to buy another couple. Get this if you can and I hope you find the same smooth, complex, and subtle ambler that I did.
Not sure if the flavor notes and spiral are from a different barrel, but they do not match up AT ALL to the bottle i received. My bottle has an OVERWHELMING cereal note, that basically drowns out everything else. And not even good cereal, it is almost exactly like Lucky Charms, if you were to take out all of the marshmallows. In other words, incredibly bland cereal note that is front and center. I tried another glass the next day, not really much different. There are SOME other notes hiding behind the cereal, so I will go back in a few days and see if I can tease anymore of them out or at least slightly more forward. I probably wouldn't pay anymore than 40 (50 on a generous day) for this if I could go back.
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