Smooth Ambler announces Founders’ Cask Strength Bourbon

As the first line extension in the Founders’ Cask Strength Series, the new Bourbon highlights the signature Smooth Ambler distilling, maturation and blending processes

Smooth Ambler has announced the launch of its Founders’ Cask Strength Series Bourbon, marking the first line extension to be introduced since the inaugural rye recipe last year.

The Founder’s Cask Strength Series was created due to founder and whiskey-maker John Little’s desire to showcase Smooth Ambler’s distilling, maturation, and blending expertise, while also highlighting ingredients mostly from the Appalachian region.

The straight Bourbon whiskey has been aged for five years, is non-chill filtered, with a mashbill of 71 per cent corn, 21 per cent rye, and eight per cent malted barley.

John Little explained: “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 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).

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1 comment on “Smooth Ambler announces Founders’ Cask Strength Bourbon

  1. Jay Evan Phillips

    Just picked up the last bottle on the shelf today batch 3. I have not seen any you tube reviews on this bottle yet.

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