I will now go away and try to pull the string out of my arse...:D
The barrels are sourced from LDI, but I reckon they are not necesarily distilled at LDI ?
When I visited Smooth Ambler I had a walk in the warehouse, when I came back home to Denmark I saw a cask end with DSP KY 8, when going through my photos. This is Four Roses and both companies were at one time owned by Seagrams.
I should have payed more attention to the casks when I was there, instead of when examing my holiday photos. It was an extremely hot day and it was after the June storm so the whole area was out of power. I tried some 14, 19 and 21 yo samples, especially the 19yo was very woody and dry, the 14yo was less and more fruity and you can balance it out by mixing them together :-)
So if you like old woody dry whiskies, almost to the extent of the whiskey richocheting back of your tongue, this is surely something for you
I got a bottle of the yearling as well, and this is probably the best whisky under 3 years I have ever tasted. Still young and youthful, but quite drinkable and moreish as well, and the wheater character really emerges very well - I am not the fan of young whiskies but this bottle has grown legs in my house and started walking :-)
PS a few years ago the term "vatting" was used in Scotland for mixing casks after your own wishing, but they want everybody to use the term "blending" today (When is come to scotch whisky). Not sure how happy some (a lot) is about this term, and I understand why it is also opposed used in coinnection with bourbons as it can associate to a catragory named "blends" which is another thing. I don't know what your prefered term is, mingling and mixing are good ones, my prefered term is vatting, but that is because I started out as a scotch drinker
Thanks for the info. I purchased a bottle of the 19yr today. Looking forward to how it taste.
About 2-3 months ago I bought a similarly aged LDI bourbon (James Pepper 15 year old) and it is wretched. Super thin, medicinal, lots of burning.
Last month I was in NY and a liquor store had Smooth Ambler, all different years including the 14/15 and the 19. I was intrigued but passed based on my experience with James Pepper.