Review: Ancient Ancient Age 10 year oldSeptember 29th, 2008
I usually review new whiskeys, but I’m making an exception here. Known affectionately by its followers as “Triple A”, I’ve been drinking this bourbon for many years and still enjoy it. It’s more expensive now than when I first started buying it in Kentucky (where most of it is sold) several years ago for about $10-$11, but this is still a very nice whiskey for a very good price. A true value bourbon. (Incidentally, don’t confuse this whiskey with Ancient Ancient Age Ten Star, which is a younger, completely different product.)
Ancient Ancient Age, 10 year old, 43%, $15
Not overly challenging. Stylish and very easy to embrace. This is the kind of bourbon I would introduce a new bourbon drinker to. Pleasingly sweet, with honeyed vanilla, graham cracker, candy corn, dates and golden raisin. Subtle spice too (cinnamon, mint, cocoa and nutmeg), leading to a smooth, silky finish. I would love to see this at 45% ABV, or even higher, as it comes across almost too soft. But for this price, I’m not complaining. A great value for about $15.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 85