Being a sucker for store selects I picked up with bottle of Old Scout recently. Smooth Ambler is a neat distillery from nearby West Virginia and their whiskies are generally bold, and fun. Try some Contradiction sometime if you can find it. Old Scout 7years is my favorite expression of theirs, which unfortunately I don’t see at all anymore.
This version of Old Scout is a whiskey instead of a bourbon due to some of the whiskey being aged in new oak barrels and in “rejuvenated re-charred bourbon casks.” Here is a nice primer on rejuvenation of bourbon casks.
The whiskies were distilled in Indiana and Tennessee and if I had to guess I’d say that the Tennessee whiskey is sourced from George Dickel but that’d just be a guess.
I have always been intrigued by store selects as you’re never quite sure what’s in store for you when you pick one up. They’re like Forrest Gump’s chocolate box of bourbons. Unfortunately, they sell at a higher price point than a regular bottle so they come at a premium, but the upside is that they are almost always interesting even if they are bad. What makes store selects interesting is that you’re at the mercy of whomever gets to choose and sometimes they choose wisely and at other times not so much. Regardless, it’s a peek into the taste profile and perceptions of someone else, someone who is not a master distiller. Sometime they choose something standard right in line with the norm, but often you’re going to get something different. So when I saw that Total Wine had their store select for 1792 available I didn’t hesitate to pick up a bottle.