Gentlemen devoted to the finest.
The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection was first introduced a little over ten years ago. It features five whiskeys (two ryes and three bourbons) that are some of the most highly sought-after in the market. Each is a pillar in the limited edition whiskey industry.
Announced as a limited release, it has nevertheless been plentiful in the time since the announcement. It is also affordable – only commanding a price of about $23.
So, what is it?
Our September 2018 tasting event was a blind tasting of Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel, hosted by Jay Cary.
Smooth Ambler is a West Virginia company that was started in 2009. Before it began distilling, aging, and selling its own products, Smooth Ambler made its first splash in the whiskey industry through its Old Scout Single Barrel line, which sources bourbon from other distilleries.
The Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel bourbons that we sampled are all sourced from MGP in Indiana. Each bottle is at least 8 years old and distilled from a high-rye mash of 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley.
Unbeknownst to the group at the time of our tasting, all five bottles at our tasting event were Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel bourbons. The age and proof slightly differed between each bottle, but each also had its own distinct flavor characteristics.
Rye Whiskey has become a distinctly North American product. America’s neighbors to the north appreciate the unique characteristics of the rye grain. And, despite what some hockey fans might tell you, Canadian and American can play nicely together. At least when it comes to whiskey.
All of the whiskey we will be sampling is rye whiskey. Some of it from Canada, some of it from the United States, some of it a combination of the two, and some finished in European casks.