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Smooth Ambler 5 Year Old "Old Scout" K&L Exclusive Barrel #27990 Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $50)

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After years of pining for the days of bourbon yore, we've finally come full circle to re-release the Ol' Old Scout in its original form. There's been tons of confusion on the market due to Smooth Ambler's recent release of a large parcel of Tennessee bourbon, which was acquired from the famous distillery at Cascade Hollow, but this product is not that. Those whiskies are much loved by certain folks but show a completely different character than the original Old Scout. The brand became famous for bottling excellent bourbon and rye sourced from a fine distillery in Indiana. Those excellent whiskies were once the backbone for our now extinct Faultline Bourbon. Until now they haven't had enough aged stock to spare single barrels for this program. Now that their stocks are finally coming of age, they've re-released these excellent bourbons at a respectable 5 years of age. This is the very same age that the original Old Scout was released way back in 2011. We're very lucky to have scooped up several barrels before the rest of the market has realized that these are back on the table. We'll likely continue to see the age statements on these excellent whiskies increase over the years, but even now the stupendous complexity of these bourbons at this lovely, youthful age is extremely satisfying. This High Rye bourbon (36% rye) was barreled in Char #4 on 5/31/15 and bottled 8/3/20 at 115.8 proof. With a loss of 28% it yielded only 198 bottles.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2021 | Send Email
This barrel is a nice contrast to several of the others that hinge on the big orange peel and toasted vanilla flavors. Here we're much more on the woodsy and baked fruit notes. Dark wood spice, underbrush, baked apples, old teak, and varnish. On the palate, we're still on the richer side of things with significant weight and big spice. A dark cherry sweetness keeps it balanced and builds into a menthol and red fruit finish. Long and lingering, it doesn't have the grip you might expect on the strong entry. The diversity of flavors we see across these barrels is so incredible, despite their similar specs. Each one offers something new and exciting.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2021 | Send Email
Though seemingly tame at first sniff, displaying delicate aromas of vanilla and chamomile, the liquid itself proves rich and robust. Hot ginger chews, ample vanilla and a smack of cedar dominate the palate without hesitation. A mouthwatering core of cherry and licorice keeps things lively, supported at all times by charred wood and baking spice. The finish turns savory again with a bit of smoked peanut, creating a very pleasant ride from start to finish. To me, this barrel boasts some of the most classic bourbon flavors, making it a no-brainer choice for any enthusiast who can't get enough of good Indiana juice.

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