Our award-winning, premium single-barrel extra aged amber rum offers an intriguing flavor profile. Aged for 3 years in charred white oak barrels, the process is finished off with double-aging in 4 year-old whiskey barrels to infuse complex whiskey overtones. Each barrel offers a subtly distinct flavor profile, a rum connoisseur’s delight!
Our rum is stored in a heated warehouse (think warm climate) unlike whiskey, which requires cooler settings for aging. The heat causes some reactions to speed up. One of these is esterfication.
Esterfication, a chemical reaction between an alcohol and an organic acid that is affected by time, temperature, and the components present, is an important process in developing the flavor profile of our rum. The lignin material of the oak barrels also contributes flavor components. Most of our rum color develops during the first year and steadily increases during the maturation process. Alternatively, rum esters form at a steady rate through maturation, melding the singular aromas and flavors unique to each barrel of rum.
|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.