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Review: Ancient Ancient Age 10 year old

September 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

10 Responses to “Review: Ancient Ancient Age 10 year old”

  1. sam k says:

    We’re in agreement on everything you mention, but I’ll just say that I’m glad they went the extra 3% and made this slightly bigger than the requisite 80 proof. I’m tend not to gravitate toward any 80 proof whiskey, and remain disappointed that, even at the upper end, there are no tequilas bigger than 40%.

  2. John B says:

    If you can, try the single barrel offering of AAA currently being sold at the Part Source in Bellevue, KY. Like regular AAA… but more so!

  3. John Hansell says:

    Sam, yep, I’m glad we got it at 43%, but it would be nice to see it at 45%.

    John B: Jay @ The Party Source told me about his AAA bottling. I’m looking forward to trying it and comparing it to the standard AAA.

  4. Tim says:

    I still find a (very) occasional bottle of AAA 10yo here in Tennessee, where it was still distributed 12-15 years ago, but I make it a habit to never pass through Kentucky — the only state-wide market in which it is still offered — without buying a bottle.
    With Very Rare Old Heaven Hill BIB losing its 10yo designation, it’s about the best aged, value play out there.

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  6. jim says:

    Where can I purchase Ancient Ancient Age 10yr old Bourbon?
    I live in Florida and cannot find it here anymore.

  7. John Hansell says:

    Hi Jim,

    It’s mainly available in Kentucky, but I have seen it at some whisky speciatly shops in major cities. (It’s possible they are bootlegging it in from KY.)

  8. Augustes Balls says:

    I have recently read in Wikipedia that
    AAA 10 has been discontinued…please say “it ain’t so?” I live on the Central Coast of California…how can I purchase AAA 10?
    Many thanks!…ab

  9. eric says:

    I reside in Rhode Island and emailed the distillery asking where I could obtain AAA in my area. This was their response:
    >Thank you for your inquiry. It is nice to know that you are a fan of our
    >product.
    >
    >I am sorry to say that the Ancient Ancient Age is not available in RI.
    >
    >There are online retailers such as http://www.binnys.com, http://www.samswine.com, and
    >www.bevmo.com that do carry our products at times. Please regard all
    >state and federal regulations.
    >
    >I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if I can be of further
    >assistance.

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