Saturday, 7 December 2013

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 year old bourbon

Advent Calendar 7/24.  Relatively speaking, we’re about track 3 in the album now, where you’d expect to find a slow burner you’ll still be coming back to in a decade.  Track 2 should be “immediately satisfying but no staying power” and track 4 “filler”.  Track 5 is where it’s at of course.

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 year old bourbon, 49.5% A⊕


60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malt

Nose – Deep, really deep raisin, cherry, polished furniture, warm leather, vanilla soaked prunes.  Really rich, savoury nose with balancing dark fruit sweetness.  A bourbon but with more structure.

Body – Wow.  Smooth spice, freshly kilned oak planks, pepper and chilli raisins.  Loads of structure, very sweet and very smooth.

Finish – Medium with striking citrus wood intensity. 

What's not good about it:  Nothing really – could have a longer finish?

What’s good about it:  Multidimensional intensity for a bourbon, loads of structure, sweet, savoury, very very good.

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