Decided I wanted to break into anther bottle of Smooth Ambler, but this time their Contradiction release. I enjoyed their Old Scout bottling, so thought this Sunday evening was a perfect time to a crack open another new bourbon to me! The perks of working in the industry, you always have access to interesting bottles.
Whereas the Old Scout bourbon was fully sourced whiskey from elsewhere, Contradiction is a marriage of sourced whiskey and their very own distilled spirit. The portion that is their own is a sweet wheated bourbon distilled right there in West Virginia. The two are blended together and then recasked into the original barrels for the remaining months. It’s quite unique to four different grains in the final product, and is awesome that Smooth Ambler steps outside the box to take chances. I always enjoy when companies step outside of the norm in spirit making. Tradition is great, but pushing the boundaries into new territory makes for a more interesting product.
I am really enjoying the punch of sweetness coming from the wheat in their homegrown bourbon. Those sweet flavours mix nicely with the more matured rye spice from the sourced bourbon. When playing with these four different grains things could definitely go sideways and not play well together, that doesn’t happen here! They thankfully work in harmony. Tasty notes of dark chocolate covered cherries, cinnamon, honey, and light oak.
Grab a bottle here if you have not already tried some Contradiction!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!