Smooth Ambler Releases ‘Big Level’ Wheated Bourbon

Smooth Ambler "Big Level" Wheated Bourbon (PRNewsfoto/Smooth Ambler)

“Big Level” Wheated Bourbon is ready for release and will be appearing across the US over the coming month.

Bottled at 100 proof with a mashbill of 71% Corn, 21% Wheat, and 8% Malted Barley, Smooth Ambler has aged Big Level Bourbon in 53 gallon barrels, resting for over six years in the West Virginia mountains.

“Much of what we’ve done at Smooth Ambler has been leading up to this moment,” said Head Distiller and CEO John Little. “The release of Big Level signifies the beginning of our long-term ability to offer a third, important category of whiskeys to us: those which are 100% made here in West Virginia. We’re excited for this whiskey to complement the merchant bottled and ‘married’ (merchant and homemade blended together) families already embraced by our business.”

Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler has steadily grown and continues to produce whiskey in what it refers to as its “Make, Merchant, and Marry” approach, sourcing whiskey in-tandem with its homemade distillate and in the case of award-winning Contradiction Bourbon, making a union of the two.

After completing its distillery expansion this winter, Smooth Ambler spirits is poised to produce 3,000 barrels of whiskey in 2018, and plans to constantly source quality whiskey as it becomes available.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.