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    Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    Last week I picked up an 8 year old Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength @ 56.3% ABV along with a 7 year old 62.2% ABV Cask Strength Rye. I've been enjoying their regular 6,7, and 10 year varieties and was curious about their full strength versions. We opened the bourbon the same day - wow, what a spicy bomb! Tons of flavor, clearly a high rye, and it needs at least one ice cube to settle it down. This will be a special occasion offering.

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    I can imagine. I was just posting about this last week, with reference to the spicy character on WT products and how My Old Scout 7yr bourbon bottles really remind me of that. So I can imagine at cask strength its quite the cinnamon spicy tongue tingle. I'm really enjoying SA products, lets just hope when they get to their own stuff that its as delicious as their sourced juice. They clearly have good taste as far as sourcing bourbon.

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    Some friends and I were sampling some 11 year SAOS and we thought one was the high rye mashbill. It turns out it was actually the low rye recipe. Both were MGPI sourced and they have 2 bourbon mashbills with rye as the predominate secondary grain. If memory serves they are 60/36/4 & 75/21/4.

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    I think your assumption was correct. I would consider both of those mashbills to be high rye bourbons.

    Not sure if there is a standard, but I believe "low rye" bourbons are typically under 10% rye, and rye is usually third (or last) in the percentage category.
    Rye junkie

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    Where do you find 11yo SAOS and is there a way to tell which mashbill is used from the label?

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    Yeah, I would call 21% rye somewhat high, certainly more than average.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    I ran across the mash bills randomly recently, just re-found it:

    http://www.cooperedtot.com/2014/03/s...old-scout.html

    That site claims 75/21/4 for the older varietals (10 year mentioned specifically) and 60/36/4 for the younger varietals.

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    Yes I realize that both are technically "high" rye but for the sake of SAOS there is a high and low that they use. Very similar to FR. My point was we thought it was the 60/36/4 but was actually 75/21/4. As far as where to find them, I would imagine that they will start popping up in places like Binny's, Kenwood, etc.

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    I've got a Very Old Scout 11 year, didn't know they did an Old Scout 11. Is the Very Old Scout series dead now? I've seen/bought 11 year and 19 year variations, and heard of the 14 year.

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    Re: Old Scout Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Santana View Post
    I've got a Very Old Scout 11 year, didn't know they did an Old Scout 11. Is the Very Old Scout series dead now? I've seen/bought 11 year and 19 year variations, and heard of the 14 year.
    I haven't seen the Very Old Scout bottlings since early 2013 in my area.

 

 

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