Smooth Ambler Contradiction Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region West Virginia
  • Distillery Smooth Ambler
  • Style Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 49.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • strawberry
  • nutmeg
  • spicy
  • smooth
  • mint
  • citrus
  • zesty
  • soft

Smooth Ambler

Contradiction Straight Rye Whiskey (0.75l, 49.5%)

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The perfect balance between bold spice and smooth flavors in a Straight Rye blend.

John Little of Smooth Ambler Spirits set out with his father-in-law to make something his adopted state of West Virginia would be proud of. In 2009, that dream became a reality when they opened up their distillery in the tiny town of Maxwellton — which sits in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. They have a single, small batch still. But sales have done well and they are up to approximately 80 barrels per month produced across two shifts. In-house they produce Whiskeys, Gins, a Rum, and a Vodka. The company was purchased by Pernod Ricard a few years ago, but John Little still runs the show.

There are multiple ways to describe Smooth Ambler Contradiction Straight Rye Whiskey. You could simply say it’s a blend of Whiskeys from West Virginia and three Straight Rye Whiskeys from other distilleries the Smooth Ambler folk love. But we’d probably say that every sip is like velvety aromatics and notes of muddled in-season allspice getting married on a smooth, creamy, and slightly spicy palate, packed with nutmeg and fruity stuff. It’s like four mash bills in one and at exactly 99 proof, this balanced and rich concoction is best savored neat.

  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region West Virginia
  • Distillery Smooth Ambler
  • Style Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 49.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Brown

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Nutmeg and strawberry.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Bold and spicy yet smooth and creamy with a touch of mint and citrus zest.

Finish
Complex

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  • strawberry
  • nutmeg
  • spicy
  • smooth
  • mint
  • citrus
  • zesty
  • soft
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
The name Smooth Ambler fits the laid-back, easy-going style of the the locals who take their time, but always get where they’re going in style.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
The name Smooth Ambler fits the laid-back, easy-going style of the the locals who take their time, but always get where they’re going in style.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
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