Smooth Ambler Unveils Contradiction Rye, New Packaging

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Rye whiskey
Smooth Ambler Contradiction Rye debuts with a new bottle format for the brand.

Smooth Ambler Spirits has launched Contradiction Rye as the first line extension to the Contradiction label.

Like Contradiction Bourbon, Contradiction Rye is a marriage of whiskey made at the distillery with sourced liquid. 

Contradiction Rye contains four rye whiskies in the blend: two from Tennessee (51% rye and 70% rye), one from MGP (95% rye) and one homemade rye whiskey (88% rye) from the Smooth Ambler distillery in West Virginia.


“This new addition to the Contradiction and Smooth Ambler family delivers a perfect balance of bold spice and smooth flavors,” says Founder John Little. “We spent years working through various blends and proofs to make sure we got this right. And, at 105 Proof, we think we did!”

Contradiction Rye also debuts new package design. This consists of an entirely new bottle shape and a new label.


While all Smooth Ambler products will now come in the new packaging, the liquid for the portfolio remains the same.

Like all whiskies from Smooth Ambler Spirits, Contradiction Rye is non-chill filtered and produced in small, numbered batches.  It is bottled at 52.5% alcohol by volume (105 Proof).

On the nose is nutmeg, rye bread, tropical fruit, cream soda and herbaceous notes, the company says. The palate contains brown baking spices, orchard fruit, cream soda and dried mint, before a finish of garden herbs, caraway seed and minerality.

Contradiction Rye is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $39.99 per 750-ml. bottle. It ships starting fall 2021.


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