Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 25/08/15

This was the first good rye I ever tried. Previously I’d had some bottom shelf rye whiskies (Rye isn’t a big thing in Israel or in South Africa where I grew up). I got it unexpectedly in a pack of samples and was a bit cautious due to my previous history with bad ryes. I was very pleasantly surprised and this literally opened the whole world of rye whiskies to me. This is distilled at MGP in Indiana

Aged 7 years. 49.50%ABV. Mashbill: 95% Rye, 5% Barley

Nose: Aromatic leather. Toasted oak. Cherry wood. Superglue. Nutmeg. Ginger tea.

Palate: Nice rush of flavours. Citrus zest. Bitter wood. Cinnamon. Pepper. Vanilla.

Finish: Long. Woody and spicy with a mellow grainy note.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

I liked this. I liked it a whole bunch. Woody and spicy with a distinct note I’m not familiar with which I assume is the rye talking. A really nice aromatic dram.

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