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Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye 7YO

A Dry Flavoursome Hit!

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@Nemesis101Review by @Nemesis101

13th Oct 2013


Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye 7YO
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  • Brand: Smooth Ambler
  • ABV: 49.5%

I have Connosr member Victor to thank for this recommendation, (from an Arran review where I stated I liked dry whiskies).

So - I've never ventured into Rye whisky territory before but I'm all for trying new and different things.

Nose - I get spicy vanilla. Slightly woody; very big and powerful but not nasal burning. Nice!

Palate - starts off slightly creamy but then a massive wallop of vanilla. Bit of caramel too. Incredibly spicy with a power that matches the nose...and then some! And yep, it is dry and fairly astringent.

Finish - long, dry, lasting. Slightly prickly.

This is definitely not what I would call smooth. Instead it is a massive hit of flavour that lets you know you're drinking a powerful whiskey. It's in your face making you take notice. If you want a contrast to a subtle, aged single malt then this is it. Different to what I'm used to but great stuff! I think I might be looking over the Atlantic for more American and Canadian whiskies from now.


Lifewaterforce commented

Have very little experience with ryes (only tasted it 3,4 times) this summons even more eagerness to take a plunge. Thanx for a very satisfying review!

10 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nemesis101, thanks for a very nice review. I think that my sister has a bottle of the Old Scout 7 YO Rye in her rather vast collection of eclectic whiskies and assorted spirits. I will have to give it a try!

...and few things give me more whiskey pleasure than getting someone new excited about rye whiskey. I listed my own favourites on my Eleven US Ryes for The Desert Island and Eleven Canadian Whiskies for the Desert Island lists.

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