Smooth Ambler Old Scout 12 Year Bourbon

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 12 Year Bourbon

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: MGP / SAOS

Region: Indiana

51.6% ABV

Aged For: 12-Years

Mashbill: 60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malt

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet corn mash, bubblegum, pepper, caramel, oak, mint, rye spice, and leather

Feel: Medium to full bodied

Taste: Oaky, vanilla, caramel, tobacco, clove, leather, and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth and length, pepper and oak with vanilla cream and caramel

Thoughts: A very spicy bourbon with a smooth finish in comparison with the palate.

Score: 80 out of 100



Ultimatum Fiji 12 Year

Ultimatum Fiji 12

Price: $45 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: South Pacific Rum Distillery / The Little Distiller

Region: Fiji

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 years, distilled 2004

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: A bit of gasoline and papaya. Grapefruit, sharp oak, and banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Pepper, leather, sharp and rubbery, vanilla and oak with spices

Finish: Warm and medium length, solvents, leather, tobacco, oak, and pepper

Thoughts: A very spicy rum with a lot of sharpness on my palate. This one’s not to my personal taste.

Score: 74 out of 100

Wathen’s Single Barrel

Wathen's SB

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Medley Family

Region: Kentucky

47% ABV

Mashbill: 77% corn, 10% rye, 13% barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Bubblegum, corn mash, oak, vanilla, sugary

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla heavy, oak, caramel, the vanilla really dominates, maybe a bit of clove

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, pepper, vanilla, and a bit of citrus

Thoughts: Vanilla heavy bourbon, without a lot of complexity or depth you’d get from a single barrel normally. Not bad, but middle of the road stuff.

Score: 77 out of 100

Plantation Trinidad 2003

Plantation Trinidad 2003

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Maison Ferrand

Region: Trinidad / France

42% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 Years

Cask Type: 8 Years in ex-bourbon, 4 in ferrand cognacs casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Bright, floral, citrus, tropical fruit, mango, light oak

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Citrus, floral, light molasses, pear, honey, and peaches

Finish: Light warmth and shorter in length, honey and coconut with citrus, almonds, and floral notes

Thoughts: Very light and floral. The flavors are decent, but the finish is weak and you can tell it’s been sweetened.

Score: 77 out of 100

El Pasador de oro XO


Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of rums

Region: Guatemala

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed, finished in cognac casks in France

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Additives used: Unknown, likely

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Molasses, spiced fruit punch, coconut, citrus, banana, oak, caramel, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: Very sweet, brown sugar, oranges, banana, caramel, and cola

Finish: Short with little warmth, subtle fruit and vanilla with a sugary simple syrup taste

Thoughts: It’s another “Ron” rum, sweet and similar to the likes of Diplomatico and El Dorado. It’s worth checking out for the price if you are a fan of those rums.

Score: 78 out of 100

Nicaraguan NMC Single Barrel 17-Year 1999, The Exclusive Rums


Price: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: “Volcano Distillery” / The Exclusive Rums

Region: Nicaragua

57.4% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 17 years (Distilled 1999)

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: None

Cask #: 25

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sharp on the nostrils, molasses, grilled pineapple, papaya, oak, earth, and coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied

Palate/Taste: Earthy funk, oak, vanilla, baking spice, herbal, caramel, hay, and coffee

Finish: Medium warmth and length, vanilla, molasses, mint, herbs, and coffee

Thoughts: A very earthy rum with just a small amount of funk

Score: 80 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 003

Whiskey 003

Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

52.65% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed, uses corn, rye, and malted barley

Aged For: 5 years

Cask Type: 5 years in American white oak barrels, finished in 20% sherry butts and 80% port pipes

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Port wine with corn mash, citrus, oak, vanilla, honey, and green pepper

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Fruity, then a more traditional bourbon palate takes over. Leather, pepper, latte, mocha, butter, cherry

Finish: Warm and medium length, butter, cream, tea, sherry, oak, and pie crust

Thoughts: I liked the alternating plate from fruity to a more traditional whisky flavor. I think that being older would have really made it amazing, but it is still good as is.

Score: 82 out of 100