Our Story

The alchemy of a father/son dream! That’s the magic that created Smugglers’ Notch Distillery®, owned by father and son Ron and Jeremy Elliott. Ron, a retired business executive, and Jeremy, a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, inventoried their strengths and followed their collective passion to work as a team to create a distillery in the Vermont mountains.

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery® has received accolades from both beverage industry connoisseurs and thousands of fans in Vermont and beyond for extraordinary small batch, distinctive spirits that can stand alone or bring any mixed drink up that notch to exceptional.

A Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for our award-winning vodka back in 2011 through countless awards for each new offering, whether hopped or 802 gin, bourbon, rum, wheat whiskey, or maple bourbon underscore that we strive for a memorable experience with every sip.

We take pride in offering unique and very special spirits. We hope you’ll give them a taste as you venture into restaurants, bars, spirits shops and outlets, and at art, craft, and food events in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Georgia, California … and of course, visit us in Jeffersonville at the distillery, at our tasting room in Waterbury Center, VT, or at our tasting room at 28 Church Street, Burlington, VT, to sample our products and hear more about our story.

Smugglers' Notch Distillery statement

We thrive on creating superb, American-made, craft spirits that enrich the taste & soul.

Our Spirit Timeline

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Vodka Release

Within 9 months of the release, our vodka wins the highest awards that can be won in the spirits industry.

2010

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Vodka Awards

Our Vodka wins a Gold Medal from the beverage testing institute, is awarded 95 points by Wine Enthusiast which earned it the title of #1 domestic vodka, and wins Double Gold in the World Spirits Competition.

2011

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Rum Released

Our Rum is aged in unused charred white oak barrels for 3 years and then aged one year in our used Bourbon barrels.

2012

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Rum Award

Bronze Medal San Fransisco World Spirits Competition

2012

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Blend 802 Gin Released

A true distilled gin, our 802 Blend is made by suspending a fusion of juniper berries and select aromatic botanicals in the gin still vapor path.

2012

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802 Gin Awards

Our Blend 802 Gin wins a silver medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is awarded 90 Pnts by Wine Enthusiast.

2013

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Straight Bourbon Released

We create our Bourbon through careful aging and exact blending of corn, rye and malted barley.

2013

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Rye Limited Release

A rye whiskey blended from a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley and double-aged in new American charred oak barrels.

2014

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Hopped Gin Release

Our hand-crafted 90-proof gin is made in extremely small batches.

2014

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Litigation Whiskey Released

Litigation is crafted from a special blend of wheat and malted barley.

2015

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Hopped GIn Award

Our Hopped Gin is awarded a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

2016

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Straight Bourbon Award

Our Straight Bourbon Whiskey takes Gold at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition.

2016

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LItigation Award

Our Litigation Whiskey takes Gold at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition.

2016

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DeadBuck Limited Release

108 Proof on Rte 108. Sold out quick!

2016

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Maple Bourbon Release

Our Maple Bourbon is bourbon forward with a hint of maple on the nose.

2016

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Rye Re-release

Because you demanded it we did a second limited release.

2017

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Maple Rum Limited Release

Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Rum, aged in our used maple syrup barrels; has a delicate maple nose, complex whiskey overtones, and a sweet/smooth finish.

2017

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Gluten Free Organic Vodka Upcoming Release

A portion of each bottle sale will go towards research to cure cancer.

2017

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