Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon

Bourbon — USA

Tasted February 2, 2021
3.5 out of 5 stars
Barrel pick by Spec's (Houston, TX) Barrel No. 27964 Age 5 years 57.1 % abv, 114.2 proof Open 4 weeks Nose - Soft caramel candy, Frosted Flakes, cinnamon, brown sugar, orange-flavored chocolate, medium oak and ethanol. Palate - Caramel, brown sugar, grain, and heavy rye spice up front. Finish is medium-long and hot, with building oak, rye spice, and ethanol with hints of caramel and orange rind. I always seem to miss these picks in NC, so my friend picked up one in Texas during the holidays. This is a solid bourbon, but in this price range I think Belle Meade is the better sourced MGP high rye bourbon. There are some sharp, younger notes here that are rounded out in the two Belle Meade lines I've had. At almost the same proof and mashbill I think you could save $20 and be more satisfied with OGD 114 as well. Definitely not a bad effort by any stretch, but in the $50's you could get better MGP stuff and better high rye/high proof bourbons from other distilleries.
52.62 USD per Bottle