Contradiction Bourbon, bottled at 92 proof, is a blend of straight bourbon whiskies. It is a marriage of a wheated bourbon we make in West Virginia, and two different rye bourbons we procure from Tennessee and Indiana, respectively. Contradiction is non-chill filtered and is full-bodied, the end-result tasting like a four-grain bourbon.
• Mashbill:Merchant bottled bourbon made with corn, rye and malted barley married with homemade bourbon made with corn, wheat and malted barley. • Distillation Process:Continuous column distillation and pot distillation. • Aging:A blend of different straight whiskeys, there are different ages represented in Contradiction. The majority whiskey is more than 9 years in age.
In 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits was founded with the simple goal of producing the best whiskey by using the best of everything available to us. West Virginia is a fine place to make whiskey, providing excellent local grain and water, the perfect cadence of seasons for mellow aging, and hardworking people who know how to get things done with skill and pride.
A craft distiller, respected curator of sourced whiskey, and down-to-earth innovator, Smooth Ambler offers a family of delicious bourbons and ryes including whiskeys that are homemade, sourced, and a blend of both. Committed to shooting straight with our customers, ourselves, and our industry, we celebrate the honesty and transparency that are integral parts of always trying to do things right.
Named after the easygoing gait of smooth-ambling horses, which travel at a pace best described as between a walk and a run, Smooth Ambler was born in a place where folks know how to strike a balance—a balance between a job well done and the celebration that follows, between recognizing quality and having a good sense of where and when it best fits into their lives.
Smooth Ambler Spirits was founded on these principles. Whether it’s whiskey we make, whiskey we source, or whiskey comprised of a marriage of the two, you can rely on us to tell it like it is and deliver something truly delicious for whiskey novices and enthusiasts alike.
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World Whiskey Awards: Gold Medal Ultimate Spirits Challenge: 96 points Whisky Advocate: 90 points
Ingredients 2.5 oz Smooth Ambler Contradiction
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Splash of Water
Preparation In a mixing glass combine the Sugar, Bitters and Water then stir thoroughly (you will be creating a paste consistency. Add the whiskey and ice and stir. Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with either a twist of Orange or Lemon and a maraschino cherry if you so desire. For a more modern version: muddle a wedge of orange and a maraschino cherry.
There was a very sweet lady that used to tend the President’s Bar at the Homestead Resort. In my opinion, she made me the best Old Fashioned that I have experienced in my life. I have always used her version as my litmus for what is a great Old Fashioned. She was from the school of thought of muddling the cherry and the orange together.
Full of oak, dried cherries, vanilla, and cinnamon creating a signature mature bourbon nose. Sweet from the wheat and spice from the rye and a bit of leather round out the palate. Its viscosity creates a smooth and pleasant finish.