Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon, 46%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2018 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

Oak-driven and tightly wound, with herbal licorice, beeswax, and dried peaches. There is a real outdoorsy quality here of forest floor, autumn leaves, and cut grass. But it feels somewhat tired and weary on the palate, then falls apart with the addition of water. Grab the older bottling (50% ABV). This release has dropped in both proof and quality.