Smooth Ambler Named Best Craft Whiskey Distillery in America

Pernod Ricard USA, the premium wine and spirits supplier in the U.S., is proud to announce that Smooth Ambler Spirits has been named the Best Craft Whiskey Distillery in America according to USA Today's 10Best.

"We take great pride in providing our customers with the highest quality of whiskey, whether we make it ourselves, merchant bottle the finest from around the country, or marry our own with what we source, as we do with our sought-after Contradiction Bourbon," said John Little, Smooth Ambler CEO and Head Distiller. "Receiving any sort of recognition for this, particularly by whiskey drinkers in America, is a huge honor for us. Thank you, to the readers of USA Today's 10Best, for naming us the best craft whiskey distillery in America."

Established in 2009 by John Little and John Foster, Smooth Ambler Spirits has grown from a team of three to twenty-four. This small, craft distillery is due to distill three thousand barrels of whiskey this year in West Virginia: a destination to which their most rabid fans travel to visit and taste the brand's award-winning liquid.

Over the years, Smooth Ambler has received notoriety for not only its quality liquor and limited releases, but also its transparency. In an age where many brands are bottling whiskey that was purchased under well-marketed campaigns, Smooth Ambler has always clearly stated on their labels exactly what is in the bottle. Each label is hand signed and numbered and tells the story of each of their whiskeys.

The craft distillery scene in the U.S. is growing more and more each day. In order to choose the best in the country, USA Today's 10Best asked a panel of spirits industry experts to nominate the best craft distilleries in seven categories. Over the course of four weeks, readers chose their favorites in each category. For more information on the award process, visit

About Smooth Ambler Spirits Co.
Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits Co. set out to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients.

Located in the rural Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, Smooth Ambler produces world-class spirits with state-of-the-art distillery equipment in conjunction with the natural resources of the region; high-valley mountain air, crisp, clean water, ideal temperature variations, and friendly folks. Complementing its exceptional line of WV-made Appalachian Spirits is that of their Artisan Merchant Bottled products. From time to time in the Smooth Ambler team's travels they come across great spirits - not of their making, but of their liking - that might not otherwise be brought to market. In homage to the centuries-old Scotch & Irish practice of independent bottling, Smooth Ambler takes these exceptional products under their care and once in West Virginia, they are further cultivated and then bottled faithfully and honestly. The finest in Appalachian Whiskey & Spirits, Smooth Ambler is "The Spirit of WV"!

About Pernod Ricard USA
Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA. PRUSA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 650 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit:

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Smooth Ambler Named Best Craft Whiskey Distillery in America

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