Smooth Ambler Contradiction

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
New Oak
Batch 21
50.0 % Vol.
750 ml
100 Proof
us United States
Added on
22 Nov 2014 9:02 am by chrisg

Average value

€ 54.21

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Whisky Reviews for Smooth Ambler Contradiction

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.70 points

  1. hans1971 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      creamy, vanilla, nutty, solvent
    • Taste
      86 86
      vanilla, oaky, spicy, oranges
    • Finish
      85 85
      spicy, vanilla, chocolate, honey

  2. holborndrinker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Have I been too snobbish all these years? I must be going soft in my old age as I am rather taken with this - well worth a snifter.
    • Nose
      Like buttery popcorn - inviting
    • Taste
      I prefer a proper whiskey to a Bourbon but this ain't bad at all - quite sweet, but not sickly
    • Finish
      Less in your face than The Donald, but warming and pleasant

  3. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The side of the young spirit in Smooth Ambler’s Contradiction shows promise, but we need to wait some years for its full potential.
    • Nose
      80 80
      he initial nosing reveals a soft and round smell with a slightly sharp edge. There are the typical bourbon notes of caramel and honey, both covered with pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. The older bourbon just manages to handle the sharp young apprentice. The rounder notes of strong coffee, sweet cherries and peach are balanced by spices and a fresher fruitiness. I also find notes of sunflower oil. The complexity falls a bit behind after a while, but it is still ok.
    • Taste
      74 74
      Feels much sharper and younger on the palate. A combination of soft wheat and sharp, spicy and fresh fruity rye. That was probably to be expected, but what disappoints is that the development is rather short. It feels almost if the older and younger spirit cancel each other out. What remains is some nice hints of strawberry cake, cherries, peach covered with multiple spices.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Hot, spicy followed by a soft fruity side.

  5. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Salted caramel brownies (yum!), honey dipped almonds and hazelnuts. Moves on to sultanas and raisins soon after.Palate: Rather buttery indeed - think buttered toast with a fresh cup of coffee on the side and you're on the right track. More dried fruit and a subtle vegetal note on the mid palate.Finish: Continued vanilla and farmhouse butter on the long finish.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Classic bourbon with a nice mix of vanilla and medicinal - some earthiness too.
    T: Salty, sweet, buttery and bitter-sweet with burned vanilla, cough sweets, butterscotch, 
    F: So much butterscotch, this reminds me of non other than the Strathclyde 9yo WB I’ve drunk so much of, hick!
    C: Fab bourbon.

    Scores a B[-]


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