Vodka is different from other spirits because it is pure with nothing added to mask the natural flavor. To create the best vodka, the finest grains and water must be used to impart a subtle, intriguing flavor. For Smugglers’ Notch Vodka, the grains, winter wheat and corn are sourced from Idaho, where the combination of light alluvial soil, cool nights, warm days, and snowmelt water creates a spectacular growing environment. The water for blending emanates from the Mount Mansfield watershed in northern Vermont.
The process begins with cooking the grains to break down the starches to sugars. Next, the material is transferred into a state-of-the-art fermenter maintained at optimal temperature to ensure the highest quality wash. After fermentation, the wash enters a custom four column continuous distillation still operated by a master distiller. Following distillation, the vodka and Vermont spring water used for rectifying go through a multi-stage filtration process before they are blended to proofing specifications. The vodka is now ready to be hand bottled.
Our selection of raw materials, recipe, technology, and process controls allows us to produce a product of unparalleled quality with a hint of sweetness and smoothness found only in Smugglers’ Notch Vodka.
|Smugglers’ Notch Distillery™ is owned by a father and son team, Ron and Jeremy Elliott. Ron, a retired business executive, and Jeremy, a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, inventoried their strengths, assessed various opportunities, and aligned their vision, which culminated in the decision to open a distillery.
Smugglers’ Notch Distillery™ has received accolades from both beverage industry connoisseurs and hundreds of fans in Vermont and beyond for the ultimate vodka, gin, and rum that can stand alone or bring any mixed drink up that notch to exceptional. We take pride in offering unique and very special spirits and hope you’ll enjoy our latest offering of Smugglers’ Notch Straight Bourbon Whiskey.