Smooth Ambler Old Scout 8 Bourbon (Kenwood Liquors selection) Review

This was the second batch of Kenwood SAOS bourbon picks. It’s an 8 year bourbon bottled at 62.1% ABV.

Nose: Trio of oak, vanilla, and cherries. New leather and damp cardboard chase those initial notes.

Palate: Fairly hot amplified by intense oak – way more than I’d expect for an 8 year. A hint of vanilla with some charcoal.

Finish: Spicy and the heat from the palate intensifies. Lots of oak with a bit of butterscotch and strawberry.

Rating: 84/100 – A good SAOS (assuming MGP distillate) but a tad oak heavy for me.

Value for the money: At retail, these SAOS picks are usually a good buy around $50 or so. These Kenwoods were a bit more sought after, but I wouldnt’ pay anything over retail for this one.

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