Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 Year Old Bourbon (750ml)
This amber-hued, six-year-old Bourbon has a bright, honeyed, slightly peachy scent. On the palate, it has a sweet creaminess, very smooth and light, finishing dry and lovely with just a bit of spicy rye-like sparkle. A fine choice for Manhattans and other Bourbon-based cocktails.
Remember that wonderful 14-year-old marriage of various LDI casks our friend John Little released a while back? The latest version of that small batch is finally here. The Old Scout 10 year old is another vatting of whiskies (all 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley - the same as the 14 year) that brings the richness of a high-corn mash. The standard Old Scout uses the high rye recipe for a more herbaceous note, but the 10 year is a bit sweeter. Don't let that fool you into thinking this is a supple spirit because at 100 proof the OS 10 year brings the spice and the power. There's a peppery note on the entry with some tea-like nuances before the barrel spice kicks in and blasts the back end, ending with a bit of banana. The aromas brimming with pencil shavings and wood oils. For the folks who appreciate the power and the intensity of the Willett Single Cask bourbons, this is another whiskey in that vein. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)