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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control Announces Smooth Ambler Old Scout Barrel Selection - Available August 2

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has announced the availability of Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel at select liquor stores (listed at the bottom) beginning at 9am on August 2nd. Each location will receive a minimum of 42 bottles. Additionally, Smooth Ambler Master Blender Andrew Robinson will be on hand at the Chagrin Valley Beverage location for a bottle signing.

The Smooth Ambler Old Scout Barrel Selection is made up of nine barrels hand picked for Ohio in partnership with Master Distiller John Little and Master Blender Andrew Robinson. These are a mixture of an 11 year Indiana bourbon and a six year old Tennessee whiskey that were then aged an additional 90 days to create the custom barrels for Ohio. It comes in at 107 proof and will sell for $39.99 + tax.

Nose: Orange creme candy, wild mint, and toffee
Taste: Heat
Finish: N/A

Our Take

This is the second release of Smooth Ambler this summer with the previous happening on June 27 and included Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated and Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Select 13 Year Cask Strength. I sat that one out because I didn't have any experience with Smooth Ambler and there wasn't enough allocation to ensure everyone could get a bottle.

As we fast forward to August, I don't have any experience with Smooth Ambler before so I can't speak to the quality or uniqueness of their product. For this specific release, I'm not overly excited about the Tennessee whiskey or the Indiana bourbon... Mixing them together doesn't make it more appealing. For that reason and having never had Smooth Ambler, this is an event I'm going to personally pass on.

If you end going, drop a note in the comments with your experience.

Locations (alphabetical by city)

919 East State St., Athens
48 Bottles

Giant Eagle       
525 East Main St., Canfield
66 Bottles

2905 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton
60 Bottles

1020 East Main St., Chillicothe
54 Bottles

Arrow Wine & Spirits     
615 Lyons Rd., Dayton
84 Bottles

Jungle Jim's Fruit Market             
5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
72 Bottles

Beverage Barn 
1901 Tiffin Ave., Findlay
48 Bottles

1837 Wine and Spirits Emporium
1383 Johnstown Rd., Gahanna
78 Bottles

Giant Eagle       
2173 Stringtown Rd., Grove City
90 Bottles

O'Bryan's Wine & Spirits             
8972 Columbia Rd., Loveland
78 Bottles

1500 Lexington Ave., Mansfield
42 Bottles

3626 Medina Rd., Medina
66 Bottles

World Wines and Liquor             
8760 Mentor Ave., Mentor
96 Bottles

Marino's Beverage Depot           
5829 C Monroe St., Sylvania
90 Bottles

Grand opening and bottle signing!
Chagrin Valley Beverage             
4620 Richmond Rd., Warrensville Heights
168 Bottles

Little Farm         
881 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton
90 Bottles

Giant Liquor     
9153 Cincinnati Columbus Rd., West Chester
84 Bottles

The Hills Market             
7860 Olentangy River Rd., Worthington
84 Bottles

Source: OHLQ

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