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When we first opened our doors as a West Virginia craft distillery in 2010, we knew that we wanted everything we produced to be made with the best we had available. That’s never changed. As we’ve grown , we’ve shifted from a small, craft distillery into an internationally recognized whiskey company. We source whiskies to share and mingle, embrace technology for quality control and safety, work to expand our whiskey portfolio, and continue our commitment to doing business the right way – everyday. We’ve been open and transparent about every facet of our business, especially the way we produce our spirits, whether they are homemade, procured, or a mingling of the two.

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American Whiskey Trail

Who is crazy enough to start a whiskey company from scratch, in the hills of West Virginia, in a world filled with hundred-year-old Kentucky distilleries? Folks with a fiercely independent spirit, that’s who.

At Smooth Ambler, tradition isn’t a recipe we follow. Our company is literal proof of solid Appalachian know-how. That’s when the hard working, creative, and resourceful folks of West Virginia come together to make something beautiful (and damn good) that no one else thought possible.

We didn’t just set out to make award-winning whiskey. We also set out to create a source of pride for West Virginians everywhere.

To embrace the best of everything around us – the land, the people, and the resources – to create a business that would make a difference by providing opportunities for the people in our community.

And the way we do it is simple; we do what we think is right, everyday. We don’t look to see what our competitors are doing, we don’t look at the past. We do it by being honest, embracing diversity, and creating relationships built on trust.

It’s not complicated. It’s the only way we know how to do it.

So yeah, we’re not from Kentucky, but if you couldn’t already tell, we like it that way. Because it turns out you can make bourbon in West Virginia, too. And you don’t need a family name or recipe to make that award-winning whiskey. You just need a fiercely independent spirit.

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