About Smooth Ambler Very Old Scout Straight Bourbon Whiskey
"Any distillery in the United States should be a feather in the cap of the local community,"explains master distiller 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."
Embedded in the rolling Appalachian hills of Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Smooth Ambler Spirits is a testament to the craftsmanship and hard-work of Little and his cofounder, 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.
Very Old Scout is steeped in the tradition of the Highland Valley. Little sourced some of the last mature stocks of bourbon from Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, and has been secretly blending them in a special cuvée. The result — Very Old Scout 11 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey — is a marriage of an eleven year, twelve year and thirteen year old bourbon. After blending the different bourbons together, Little brings them to proof using pure mountain water from West Virginia before bottling the bourbon without chill or carbon filtration.
Very Old Scout's age and mashbill, comprised of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley, give it a unique flavor profile. The initial flavors of oak and caramel give way to a lighter, drier bourbon mid-palate. The finish is long and complex, and has the rounded, smooth flavors that signify a mature bourbon.
Only 3,000 bottles of Very Old Scout will ever be made. "We started this adventure to be a source of great products," Little says. "That objective has never changed."
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