Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Smooth Ambler White Whiskey: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Smooth Ambler White Whiskey
Don't let the 56.25 average score fool you... this is a good white whiskey.  Is it as good as some premium barrel aged bourbon or Scotch that has been peat smoked and aged by crashing waves?  Of course not.  But for what it is, I can proudly say job well done to John Little and his team at Smooth Ambler in West Virginia.  A score 56.25 means you'd never hand it back if somebody ordered it for you at the bar.  You'd be happy to drink it, and I certainly am happy to have a bottle in my collection.  It is an ideal white whiskey for anybody looking to make moonshine cocktails or infusions, too.  The nose is of candy-corn and boozy tastiness.  On the lips it delivers more burn in a corn-bomb sort of way.  The corn mellows slightly, then the alcohol from being 100 proof burns on the finish.  It is fiery and sweet as any white whiskey should be, with some obvious signs that a little charred oak aging will do this whiskey good!

Smooth Ambler White Whiskey

56.25 Average Score

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. WW 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 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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