Whiskey Wednesday: Old Scout Bourbon from Smooth Ambler
Whisk(e)y Wednesday makes its American whiskey debut with a straight bourbon whiskey out of Smooth Ambler in West Virginia. That should debunk myth #1 about bourbon only coming from Kentucky. By law, bourbon does have to be American. But Kentucky has not rights to it specifically. They just happen to make a whole lot of it. The Old Scout from Smooth Ambler is a six year old whiskey from a distillery that has only been around since 2009. So they clearly got the bourbon from somewhere else, but that's okay, because it is pretty damn good. The nose presents a caramel sweetness with some honey, vanilla, and citrus. The taste is strong in the oak department while remaining sweet like a Werther's caramel. It finishes quickly in a clean get away with little lingering flavors. "Punch, but quick finishing," says James, our producer on Raise a Glass.
Old Scout Bourbon from Smooth Ambler
73 Average Score
Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze presented by The Cove
. Check out The Cove in Baton Rouge, LA to browse their selection of over 200 whiskeys (including bourbons) and 325+ Scotch whiskys. Whisk(e)y Wednesday is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass
. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 10 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.
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