Smooth Ambler Founders’ Cask Strength Series Rye (2021 Edition)
Rye — West Virginia , USA
Tasted March 16, 2022
Batch 1 Aroma - Right off the bat. I’m liking this. Lots of depth here. Massive oak and rye. Sugar candies, brown sugar, orange peel, pepper and spices. Theres another fruity aspect here but I cannot quite pin point it. Does not smell like a 5 year whiskey. If I was doing this blind, I would guess around the 8-9 year mark. Really robust and bold. Hoping that the taste follows suit. Taste - Well.. this is tremendous. Very complex. Just an incredible balance between sweet caramel and vanilla then a rush of huge rye spice, cinnamon. There’s a deep dark tone to it.. leather, oak, black tea is definitely noticeable. Overall - this one checks all the boxes for me. Aroma and Taste are outstanding. The finish is long.. the viscosity is great, syrup like. Damn fucking good.