Whenever I'm traveling I'm always on the lookout for hole in the wall places that I can stop find new or hard to find bourbons. Recently, I took a trip to one of my favorite eastern ski resorts, Snowshoe Mountain. Snowshoe is located north of Lewisburg W.V. Just north of Lewisburg is a small town called Maxwellton W.V. Tucked away in this small town is this amazing distillery called Smooth Ambler Spirits.
The Smooth Ambler Spirits company is a micro-distillery that produces bourbon whiskey and gin. They are a small operation, but they are starting to pack one heck of a punch. I have seen their product now in multiple states, ranging from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana. Recently, I've have had local owners of stores ask about their products and what I think.
The bourbon that I picked up in their home town was their Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey. At first sip, you are welcomed by strong charred oak and and hints of citrus fruit throughout. It carries a spicy note, with a mix of vanilla and rye. The finish is peppery which tends to hit the back sides of your tongue, creates a final touch.
When drinking this bourbon, I couldn't help think of John Denver's, Take Me Home, Country Road song. Why you may ask? Because I believe that mood sets the scene and until you are able to visit the Smooth Ambler Spirits Distillery, this will help you get there.
Though I do not live in West Virgina, I was born there and both side of my family the state. As a bourbon lover, I have a sense of pride that such a great place can produce a good bourbon like my now adopted home Kentucky.
The Four Barrels Final Review: 4 out of 5 barrels
Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey
55.2% AlC. / Vol. 8 years aged.
Retail Price: $45-$65
Barrel No. 540
Bottle Date: 11-25-13
Bottled By Angie "nice touch"
Smooth Ambler Website