Our Story

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery® is owned by a father and son team, Ron and Jeremy Elliott. Ron, a retired business executive, and Jeremy, a research 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 extraordinary small batch, Vermont inspired spirits that can stand alone or bring any mixed drink up that notch to exceptional.

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 … 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 won 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 802 Gin won a silver medal in the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition and was awarded 90 Pnts by Wine Enthusiast.

2013

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Straight Borbon 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

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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 was awarded a Silver Medal at the San Fransisco 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...

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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