Maxwelton, West Virginia-based Smooth Ambler is launching Founders’ Cask Strength Series Bourbon, the first line extension introduced since the inaugural Rye recipe release last year. Smooth Ambler Spirits has grown a cult-like following of national whiskey drinkers who applaud the distillery for its expertise in sourcing and blending. However, the Founder’s Cask Strength Series was born from founder and whiskey-maker John Little’s fiery desire to showcase distilling, maturation, and blending expertise while also tastefully highlighting ingredients mostly from the Appalachian region through this whiskey produced at its distillery in West Virginia.
This seriously good straight bourbon whiskey made by (mostly) serious people, is aged 5 years, non-chill filtered and comprised of 71% corn, 21% rye and 8% malted barley. Didn’t know Smooth Ambler made a rye-backed bourbon? They do! And it’s sure to impress as it delivers notes of graham cracker, dark chocolate, cherry and all spice.
Smooth Ambler has a big heart for sharing its homemade liquid. As John Little states, “What’s great about the Founders’ Cask Strength Series is we finally get to let y’all taste delicious whiskey we’ve been excitedly working on for years in our part of the whiskey world – West Virginia. With this Bourbon recipe, we add a modest amount of Rye to play well with high corn content and let it age in Char #4 casks in the Appalachian climate. It’s a surprising meddling of flavors and geographical superpowers that just work effortlessly. So please enjoy this newly minted convergence of flavors, from our home to yours.”
Founders’ Cask Strength Series Bourbon delivers many of the same distinct features associated with its Rye precursor: cask strength, non-chill filtered and released in limited batches. At this time, only six batches will be produced per year, with less than 900 total cases of product available nationwide. Whiskey drinkers will want to get their hands on a bottle of this bourbon recipe as soon as it hits shelves June 2022.
Smooth Ambler Spirits believes that whether a whiskey is sourced (or as we affectionally call it “scouted”), homemade, or blended in a contradictory mingling between the two—each whiskey should be shepherded with care and dedication at every stage of the production process.Smooth Ambler Founders’ Cask Strength Series Bourbon will be available at select liquor stores throughout CA, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TX, for a total of $54.99 per bottle. This expression joins the Founder’s Series family, which also includes a Rye Recipe (SRP: $54.99 / 750mL), a Double Gold award winner in the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Founders’ Cask Strength Series Bourbon Tasting Notes
Color: copper, gold hues
Nose: dark chocolate, caramel, cherry, honey graham cracker, charred oak
Palate: brown sugar, cherry, dark chocolate, allspice
Finish: cinnamon, cherry, oak