About Smooth Ambler Old Scout Port Finish Straight Rye Whiskey
Embedded in the rolling Appalachian hills of Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Smooth Ambler Spirits is a testament to the craftsmanship and hard work of Master Distiller John Little and his co-founder, TAG Galyean. At their 5,200 square-foot distillery, Little and Galyean combine traditional distillation techniques with state-of-the-art equipment to produce remarkable spirits that are bold, complex, and perfectly balanced.
"Any distillery in the United States should be a feather in the cap of the local community," explains John Little. "We buy almost all of our grains locally. Our waste goes to a local farmer. We are a tourist attraction for the area and we pay a ton of taxes. This business is what small business in America is all about." At Smooth Ambler, they combine the mountain air, natural waters, and other natural resources with state-of-the-art distilling equipment in order to craft their lineup of artisan spirits.
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Port Finish is a straight rye that was finished in French oak port casks. Bottled at 103 proof, it's a bold whiskey with the rye spice notes softened with dried fruit from the port casks. It has received 91 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2021.
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As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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