Smooth Ambler Contradiction is a Bourbon whiskey produced by the Smooth Ambler Distillery in West Virginia, United States of America. It is a blended Bourbon whiskey, created by marrying two different kinds of Bourbon whiskeys, which inspired the name of the whiskey.
It was released after Smooth Ambler discontinued one of their well-known Bourbon whiskeys, the Old Scout. Contradiction was made available at 50% ABV (100 Proof), before it was slightly lowered to 46% ABV (92 Proof).
The Smooth Ambler Distillery was established in West Virginia in 2009, making it a part of the new crop of distilleries being established in the United States recently. The distillery is located in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
TAG Galyean and John Little are credited with establishing the Smooth Ambler Distillery and brand, which also produces Vodka and Gin alongside a few different whiskey expressions.
In addition to Contradiction, Smooth Ambler have also been known to produce Big Level, a wheated Bourbon and two expressions of the Old Scout straight Bourbon, one without an age-statement and another aged four years. All Smooth Ambler whiskeys are bottled at a substantially higher ABV (Proof), with the Old Scout 4 Year Old being the highest at 60% ABV (120 Proof).
The Smooth Ambler Contradiction is created by blending two Bourbon whiskeys with a very different style, which also inspired the name of the whiskey. A Rye-heavy Bourbon with an age of around 9 years is sourced by the company, which is then blended with a Wheat-heavy Bourbon produced in-house at the Smooth Ambler Distillery.
The in-house wheated Bourbon is relatively younger than the sourced spirit. The blending process is what successfully draws out the best qualities of both whiskeys, creating a surprisingly pleasant drink.
Smooth Ambler claim a significant portion of Contradiction is made up of 9 year old whiskey, which is distilled from a mash bill made up of Corn, Rye and malted Barley. The in-house whiskey is distilled from a mash bill made up of Corn, Wheat and malted Barley.
The Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon whiskey carries an alcohol content of 46% ABV, slightly higher than the standard limit for Bourbon whiskeys at 40% ABV.
Gold Medal at the World Whiskey Awards
Bronze Medal at the Spirits of the Americas Awards
96 Points awarded at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge
90 Points awarded by Whisky Advocate
6th July 2020
Pleasant, lots of oak and sweetness. Floral aromas mixed with hints of rich dark chocolate.
Mellow. Both whiskeys used in the blend make their presence known. Initially sweet flavours of brown sugar, salted caramel and butterscotch toffee make way for slightly spicy white pepper, toasted nuts and nutmeg.
Smooth, long finish with a gently spicy climax