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Smooth Ambler 5 Year Old "Old Scout" K&L Exclusive Barrel Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1468824

Price: $49.99

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Tasting Notes

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 the large distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Those excellent whiskies were once the backbone for our now extinct Faultline Bourbon and for several years, they haven't had enough aged stock to spare single barrels for our barrel program. Now, with their current stocks 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 a couple of barrels of this initial offering before the rest of the market has realized that these are back on the table. Presumably as these stocks age, we'll 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 young and punchy age is extremely satisfying. That lovely combination of power and grace is exactly why we fell in love with the Old Scout brand.

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Staff Reviews

  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    4/2/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    When I heard we were getting more Old Scout from Indiana, I was ecstatic. When it finally arrived, this bourbon stole my heart from the first moment I smelled it. Underneath that stunningly high proof, a perfectly poised young bourbon is ready to deliver on every promise you've come to expect from cask strength MGP. Healthy doses of vanilla and oak throughout, enhancing layers upon layers of mouthwatering flavor - banana, roasted nuts, cherry, creme brulee, cinnamon, baked stone fruit - all wrapped up with a savory finish that leaves you thirsting for more. It's everything I could've hoped for. Get yours before it's gone.

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