Smooth Ambler Old Scout is a relative newcomer to the bourbon scene. As far as we know, the bourbon has only been on the market for about 8 years or so at the time of this writing. From their website:
Founded in 2009 by TAG and John, Smooth Ambler Spirits set out to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients. Located in the rural Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, Smooth Ambler uses state-of-the-art distillery equipment in conjunction with the natural resources of the region; high-valley mountain air, natural waters, ideal temperature variations and friendly folks.
Most times, new distilleries rush to market, or they don’t “get” what real Bourbonites love about our hooch. Now y’all know me – I’m a traditionalist. I like the old brands with their traditional styles. So I was skeptical when I ordered my pour at Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar here in Louisville, Kentucky.
Any seasoned bourbon drinker appreciates the nose of the bourbon as much as the taste, and Old Scout didn’t disappoint here. The nose on Smooth Ambler Old Scout bourbon is surprisingly strong for a 7 year old bourbon. While you may mistake the first wafts for an astringent, if you let the bourbon open up you will be rewarded with pine, cherries, and butterscotch aromas.
Above all, there is the nice rich aroma of cedar coming off the glass. In fact, this is probably the dominant aroma that I get. The nose is like rubbing alcohol on your thighs in a sauna.
Not a bad start for a newbie bourbon, but will the taste hold up?….