Ron and Jeremy Elliott, father and son partners at Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, have announced the addition of another premium small batch spirit, Smugglers’ Notch Straight Bourbon Whiskey, to their product line.
After many years of careful charred oak barrel aging and exacting blending of distilled corn, rye and malted barley mash with Vermont spring water, the official launch takes place Thursday, June 13, at Guild & Company in South Burlington; Friday, June 14, at The Whiskey Room in Burlington; and Thursday, June 20, at Prohibition Pig at 23 South Main St. in Waterbury.
For a whiskey to call itself bourbon, its mash — the mixture of grains from which the product is distilled — must contain at least 51 percent corn. The rest of the new bourbon’s mash is filled out with malted barley and rye. The mash is distilled at 160 proof or less and then aged in new charred American oak barrels at 125 proof or less for a minimum of four years. The current offerings are blends of six- and seven-year vintages. At 90 proof, this bourbon is exceptionally smooth and has an aroma of sweet corn and nutty rye.
Smugglers’ Notch Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey is sold in 750-milliliter bottles for $43.99 at the distillery store, 276 Main St., Jeffersonville, and at Vermont Liquor Outlets, along with Smugglers’ Notch Vodka, Smugglers’ Notch Rum, and Smugglers’ Notch Gin.
Information: smugglersnotchdistillery.com; 309-3077; 670-1838.