Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Small-Batch Vodka and Gin from Smooth Ambler Spirits Now Availablein Ohio

Ohio residents need no longer cross state lines to purchase the highly-rated, handcrafted Whitewater Vodka and Greenbrier Gin of West Virginia-based Smooth Ambler Spirits. Now this small-batch, premium cut brand is available in more than 100 fine liquor stores, bars, and restaurants throughout the state. Each 750 ml bottle is priced at around $29.95 and additional Smooth Ambler products can be found online at

Each of Smooth Ambler’s artisanal spirits is crafted using the foundational elements for a bourbon recipe, a master distiller’s blend of corn, wheat, and malted barley. This non-traditional approach to creating “white” spirits like vodka and gin produces a notably distinct taste, with a smooth finish that upholds its namesake. Says founder Tag Galyean, “We set out to vodka and gin with rich flavors that need no dressing up with mixers or enhancements.”

Smooth Ambler’s Whitewater Vodka recently received a rating of 90 from the reviewers at, noting the flavorful intensity and advising that with this vodka, “…chilled in a glass is all you’ll need.” The reviewers at also gave Smooth Ambler’s Greenbrier Gin a rating of 91, highlighting the journey of unexpected flavor blends that “…make this gin really sing.”

Hand-crafted care is devoted to every single bottle that leaves the 5,200 square-foot distillery, with each one personally signed and dated by its bottler. A family business with deep roots in the community, the distillery often invites the local townspeople – and visiting tourists – to participate in “Bottling Days” that result in new cases of Smooth Ambler being shipped to fine liquor stores and dining venues/bars throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington DC.

Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits introduced its first batch of vodka in April of 2010, with gin and white whiskey following shortly thereafter. The distillery was founded by West Virginia native Tag Galyean, the master architect and spa designer known for luxury hospitality design at famed resorts such as The Broadmoor (CO), The Greenbrier (WV), Hotel Hershey (PA), Pebble Beach (CA) and Turnberry Isle (FL). Tag’s longtime colleague and son-in-law, John Little, leads the Smooth Ambler team as chief distiller. Smooth Ambler will debut its first bourbon batch in April of 2011, which is lovingly aging in small barrels at this very moment. For more information, visit the distillery online at and

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