I’ve been itching to buy age-stated MGP-sourced Smooth Ambler bourbons (called SAOS for short) ever since they stopped widely distributing these in late 2016 / early 2017, leaving the older single barrel releases as distillery-only releases…IN WEST VIRGINIA. So good news, Smooth Ambler is back! Early 2020 heralds its more widespread return in the form of 5 year old cask strength single barrel bourbons. At least for now, these only come as cask strength single barrel store picks, so availability will be dependent on stores receiving/ doing barrel picks, but there is a non-age-stated blended version at 49.5% ABV that is more widely distributed as well. Hopefully this means that Smooth Ambler will release older barrels over time to recapture their original glory – very compelling stuff.
Regardless, I’m excited to get back to drinking the vintage-inspired Old Scout bourbons, so let’s get reintroduced to an old (new?) friend in this Total Wine and Spirits selection of Smooth Ambler Old Scout 5 Year Single Barrel Bourbon review.