Monthly Archives: April 2013

Smooth Ambler

Smooth Ambler “Old Scout”

6 yrs. old 49.5% (101 proof) Batch 8; Bottle Date June 19, 2012; Bottled by JH; West Virginia

Tasting was done on the rocks. This was a brave choice considering the 101 proof of this whiskey. A proper bourbon guide review would best have been done with a splash of water. Brave… that is how we can describe our drinking!

$40 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral A +1 86
Tripp Pleasant A +2 87
Rater Comments
Jason Fruit follwed by spice. Considering the alcohol content this is quite smooth and nice with a fire blazing in the living room.  Recommend to all.
Tripp Caramel, spice, citrus.  Very balanced and incredibly smooth. Really nice drink. One of my favorites. Great all around bourbon.

OldScoutSmoothAmbler

Larceny

Larceny

by John E. Fitzgerald 46% (92 proof) – Kentucky

Tasting was done with 1 rock.

Approx. $26 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C +1 85
Tripp Neutral B +2 88
Rater Comments
Jason Good value for money – we hear that this has been selling quite well at the ABC stores. After the first sip and a few seconds I get a numbness between my lips and gums.  The second sip is quite drinkable. The price of approx $25 can easily be found on sale and thus much cheaper.
Tripp The nose was thin. Chemical. But not bad. Taste: Sweet and smooth. Very drinkable. Some heat and spice to the flavor at the end. Definitely a wheated" bourbon in the tradition of Pappy Van Winkle."

Larceny

Angel’s Envy – The Bourbon Guide

Angel’s Envy

Batch 4M Bottle 157 Finished in port wine barrels. 43.3% Fancy smancy! Very cool bottle design and how could port barrel aging be bad? Somewhat controversial as it is not traditional, but we are certainly not elitists so we have no problem with a little experimentation.

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Approx. $65 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Angel’s Envy – The Bourbon Guide review.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B +1 81
Tripp Unpleasant to Neutral A +2 80
Rater Comments
Jason Nice flavor but not my favorite.  I would recommend this to those that like a subtle bourbon.
Tripp Not a re-buy but worth a try. A different fruity taste and quite smooth but not as good as I hoped. Nose: Fruit and sweet caramel. Subtle chemical smell. Taste: Corn, sweet, then fire. Not a burn. No spice or leather, but sweet then fire. Some fruit in there. Notes: Not bad, but has a unique fruit taste that makes it different. Subtle then strong.

AngelsEnvy

Bowman Brothers

Bowman Brothers

Small Batch; Fredricksburg,Virginia 45% (90 proof)

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Approx. $35 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Unpleasant B -4 75
Tripp Unpleasant to Neutral B -6 73
Rater Comments
Jason Spicy no sweet – I like sweet – I know I have said it before.  Probably nice in a whisky sour or some such cocktail.
Tripp Way too spicy for my taste. Very full of earth, leather, spice, clove.  Never would I reach for this over a sweeter or smoother bourbon.

BowmanBrothers

Black Maple Hill

Black Maple Hill

47.5% (95 proof)  Limited Edition – aged in White Oak Casks and Hand Bottled.  Red label.

This came after a 5 month waiting period at the VA ABC and cost around $65 for 750ml.

Tasting was done with one rock (ice cube).

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B +4 89
Tripp Pleasant C +4 91
Rater Comments
Jason Maybe it is because this bourbon is hard to obtain but even so I really like it.  A sweeter bourbon with great color and flavor.  I think caramel and candy but with a rounded nature. If it were mine I would reach for it most evenings – good days and bad.
Tripp All mine – get your grubby paws off! Very sweet, very smooth with a back of the throat burn.  A top notch bourbon that just tastes elite.  It was worth the wait – if you see it buy it (for me).

BlackMapleHill