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2015 George T. Stagg proof appears to be….

138.2, just .1 percent higher than 2014, according to the brand profile page on



Smooth Ambler halting production on Old Scout Rye.

It was mentioned first on Reddit and confirmed on Twitter earlier today.  Smooth Ambler is halting production on their Old Scout Rye for the time being.  This was posted on their FB page:

“Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye Update

Effective immediately, we are pausing production of Old Scout Rye as it has existed, and consider this a temporary interruption in our rye whiskey supply. We have outpaced our projections for how long this stock of rye whiskey would last, and while that’s a great problem to have for a small company like ours, as we near the last group of these barrels we needed to make a tough decision about how to proceed.

Going forward, select iterations of Old Scout Rye will be available sporadically at our Gift Shop and in small allocations throughout some of our distribution area. In a bottle with a different label, but one which will be reminiscent of the standard Old Scout Rye, we will begin to release older, judiciously-selected whiskey of rare quality and limited quantity. From day one, and in both the grain-to-glass and merchant-bottled parts of our business, we have committed ourselves to attempting to release good stuff at fair prices and to be forthcoming with our customers about what we’re doing and why. This conversion of Old Scout Rye from a standard bottling to a special limited-release item will be no different. We will make every effort through social media and our distributors to let our customers know when these releases become available in West Virginia, and in other areas.

Simply put, folks: we’re running out.

At this time there is NO supply issue with Regular Old Scout, Old Scout Ten, Contradiction, or Revelation Rum. We will continue to bottle a little Yearling each year, and at long last our housemade bourbon, after six summers in the rickhouse, will be released this fall. As soon as we are able to secure additional rye whiskey we will resume production of Old Scout Rye.


Time to bunker up?  Thoughts?


Why I stopped writing reviews.

Back in October when I had the idea of writing a blog, I had all sorts of enthusiasm for my new hobby.  Every bottle I bought excited me, and the unopened bottle barely survived a day before I opened it and tried it.  Samples filled my mailbox on a weekly basis, as I had begun swapping samples on Reddit.  Enough reviews and posts had landed me a few samples from distillers and marketing companies.  I was thrilled with my new hobby, it couldn’t get any better and I was hooked.

Review after review came, a few stories in between.  One of my earliest reviews had been William Larue Weller 2014.  I hated it.  It burned my mouth and my tongue and I thought I would never appreciate it.  Then I had another sample of it a few weeks ago and thought it was absolutely amazing.  Another early review of mine was Jefferson’s Ocean.  I gave it glowing praise and absolutely loved it.  I revisited my bottle recently and found that not only did I not like it, I actually poured it out.

I couldn’t understand what was going on.  Was my palette for bourbon going through some sort of metamorphosis?  Was I maturing in my tastes?  Was I not experienced enough to blog reviews?  I was a little embarrassed.  I felt like I had misguided people with my reviews, and I took some time off to expand my palate, grow my tastes, and feel like my tasting notes came from experience, not from ‘the experience’.

It took a little while to figure it out, but it isn’t really going to matter what I say.  Saying that I love something, or I hate something, or that a bourbon I tried had notes of tiramisu with brandy on top isn’t going to change your mind either way.  It’s just informational.  It’s just a way of me connecting to other enthusiasts.  At the end of the day, this is a hobby, it’s not a job.  I give my review because it’s fun.  Seeing your response to my review is just as fun.  Reading other reviews is fun.  And isn’t that what this is all about?  Fun.  Well that and getting a nice little buzz from some delicious juice.

I’m back baby.  See you soon.