Price Point: $30 – $40 for 750 ML
Distiller: Smooth Ambler Spirits Co.
Old Scout is a relatively new bourbon, coming out of the Smooth Ambler Spirits Co. in West Virginia. In addition to the bourbon being reviewed, this distillery has a unique array of products – a straight rye whiskey, a small batch bourbon, two gins (one small batch, one “aged”), and a vodka.
The nose on Old Scout is slightly harsh. It’s very sweet with strong caramel notes, and a little bit of spice. As you let your whiskey sit for a little while, the nose calms down and smooths out.
In the mouth, this whiskey has some rye to it with a nice bit of corn sweetness. Old Scout drinks a little hot at 99 proof. This really isn’t my ideal bourbon taste, but nice nonetheless.
There’s a decent length on the finish due to the proof with a nice, lingering flavor.
Rating & Recommendations
Old Scout is a decent whiskey, earning a rating of 80 out of 100.
I like this stuff but it’s just not my style of bourbon. It’s saving grace is a high proof which allows more flavor to shine. Given the choice, I’d probably spend the money to try Smooth Ambler’s aged gin…