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    BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Okay folks, we're headed into basically uncharted territory this month. For the first time, we're gonna go with a bourbon or rye from some place other than major distilleries, or fairly well known NDP's.

    The discussion of Smooth Ambler Old Scout here on the site has been mostly sporadic, but, I have noticed a few posts about it lately. I'm also pretty sure that one of our members here recently headed up a private barrel selection of it. I can't think of a better time to have something like this as a BOTM.

    Not much from me in the way of comments this month. (No applause, just money. ) The only thing I can say about Old Scout is that I've sampled it a couple of times, and I thought it was pretty darn good. FWIW, I might have to purchase a bottle in order to do a little more "research".

    Let's here what y'all have to say about Smooth Ambler Old Scout. Cheers and happy posting!

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    Last edited by fishnbowljoe; 02-01-2014 at 16:36.
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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Quote Originally Posted by fishnbowljoe View Post
    Okay folks, we're headed into basically uncharted territory this month. For the first time, we're gonna go with a bourbon or rye from some place other than major distilleries, or fairly well known NDP's.

    The discussion of Smooth Ambler Old Scout here on the site has been mostly sporadic, but, I have noticed a few posts about it lately. I'm also pretty sure that one of our members here recently headed up a private barrel selection of it. I can't think of a better time to have something like this as a BOTM.

    Not much from me in the way of comments this month. (No applause, just money. ) The only thing I can say about Old Scout is that I've sampled it a couple of times, and I thought it was pretty darn good. FWIW, I might have to purchase a bottle in order to do a little more "research".

    Let's here what y'all have to say about Smooth Ambler Old Scout. Cheers and happy posting!

    Joe
    I would love to try it but don't see it here in the Houston area

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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Nope, I haven't seen it around here either. I had some samples that were really good thanks to another SBer. I don't know if it was stuff they distilled or sourced, but it was yummy.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    They do source their stocks but are currently distilling and aging their own now.John is a member of the board and has been very open with disclosure and they offer a very good product at a more than reasonable price and I am a repeat buyer myself.I look forward to seeing their own stocks hit the shelves in the next couple of years.
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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    My SA OS is a 7yr 99 proof bottled in late 2013 by Ashley or so says the label (thanks, Ashley, I am thoroughly enjoying the fruits of your labor). I've been sipping on one ounce neat pours for the last several nights. My formal review is followed by a more informal comment.

    I tend to drink rye mash bill bourbons but do drink wheaters. Keep that bias in mind.

    Color - copper side of amber
    Nose - overripe pear ("Smell me but don't eat me") mixed with the grainy/grassy aroma of a bourbon with rye in its recipe; maybe some sour (like my wife's sourdough bread, yum)
    Taste - first sip has the bite of a higher proof but quickly cools to the hint of mint I expected from the rye. BUT, there is no Canadian rye sweetness here, just the slightly musty hint of grain. Mouthfeel has no corn-oil weight but neither is it thin. Not as complex as some bourbons of its age but is still interesting enough to distinguish it. Some kind of menthol or acetone wafting through? Not enough to tell what it is.
    Finish - smooth compared to that first sip, and that bourbon warmth lasts awhile.

    In short: If we were sitting in a bar and you asked me what I thought, I'd say, "I love it neat or with a chunk of ice, but I dunno about using it in cocktails. Well, maybe in an Old Fashioned."

    EDIT - Now that I've read this, I think I'll try it in a Manhattan.
    Last edited by Harry in WashDC; 02-01-2014 at 20:33.

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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry in WashDC View Post
    My SA OS is a 7yr 99 proof bottled in late 2013 by Ashley or so says the label (thanks, Ashley, I am thoroughly enjoying the fruits of your labor).
    .
    Sounds like our bottles came from the same batch and the same bottler. I found it surprisingly pleasant based on the spotty record of NDPs. Your tasting notes also reflect my experience. A lot of SBers would enjoy this. (Can't vouch for the other iterations. No experience.)
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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Sorry folks, I've been traveling for two days without much access to internet. We have been to Vendome to look at a new still and some equipment for our expansion.

    We have tried to do two things 1. To bring great products to the market and 2. To do that with honesty and integrity. From reading these posts, it sounds like we are doing a good job at both. And I'm honored.

    If anyone ever has specific questions, please ask. I'll do my best to answer them.

    Oh yeah....Yeti....that's a lot of bottles. You might wanna hide that from your wife.

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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Quote Originally Posted by SmoothAmbler View Post
    Oh yeah....Yeti....that's a lot of bottles. You might wanna hide that from your wife.
    They come, they go.

    ...the whiskey.

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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Quote Originally Posted by SmoothAmbler View Post

    Oh yeah....Yeti....that's a lot of bottles. You might wanna hide that from your wife.
    You should see his 4 roses stash
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    Re: BOTM 2/14: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

    Quote Originally Posted by SmoothAmbler View Post
    If anyone ever has specific questions, please ask. I'll do my best to answer them.
    Well, Mr. Ambler, since you offered, I do have a question. How do I get on your board of unpaid taste consultants? My hours are flexible.
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