This barrel yielded fewer than 140 bottles and has concentrated notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, and fresh tobacco leaf. Notes of cocoa, mint, and coconut milk on the palate make way to waves of spice and vanilla. The complexity of this whiskey is remarkable and will leave you with some questions as to how they do it! There must be magic in those hills of West Virginia!
In the heart of Appalachia you’ll find hard-working, independent, entrepreneurial folks with a sense of adventure. And in the early ‘10s a new distillery founded by such people burst onto the scene. TAG Galyean and his son-in-law John Little started Smooth Ambler Spirits in 2009 and have been producing and bottling sensational, award-winning spirits since. TAG and John had been searching for something they could produce in West Virginia, using raw materials sourced among the bounty of the lands nearby, and had considered other trades before TAG saw an article published in Time Magazine in early 2008 about the rise of American craft distilling. Throwing caution to the wind, a daring new business launched in the lush countryside of Greenbrier Valley. The distillery hand-crafts a variety of vodka, gin and whiskey on site. Taking a page from the Scot’s independent bottler guide book, they have really made a name for themselves with their hand-selected casks of whiskey bottled under the moniker “Old Scout.” One of the first single barrels of rye whiskey we selected for an exclusive bottling was bottled under this label, and it’s still one of our favorites to go back to and sip on.