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Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye 7YO

A Dry Flavoursome Hit!

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@Nemesis101Review by @Nemesis101

13th Oct 2013

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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.

2 comments

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

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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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