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Smugglers' Notch Distillery Tasting Room

2657 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Waterbury Center, VT 05677-7032
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Fun Afternoon Stop

A quick visit to break up an afternoon drive. The staff was very friendly. There are a variety of... read more

Reviewed January 31, 2018
FabulousTL
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Bonita Springs, Florida
Great shop and tasting room

Worth the stop if you are in the area. I like a good bourbon and they produced some wonderful... read more

Reviewed December 29, 2017
DJF1958
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North Carolina
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Smugglers' Notch Distillery® is a father/son partnership in Jeffersonville, Vermont. The distillery was founded in 2006 at the foot of the famed Smugglers' Notch, site of many a clandestine bootlegger's run through this rugged Vermont mountain pass. The smuggling route was actually first used during the 1800s to move goods during the trade embargo and then again in the 1920s to move liquor during prohibition. Today this enchanting area provides outdoor enthusiasts with a boulder-laden curved mountain road and caves to explore. Smugglers' Notch Distillery® provides Carefully crafted, award-winning spirits. Using the finest ingredients blended with pristine Vermont spring water, we make, barrel age, blend, and hand-bottle remarkably distinctive, spirits one small batch at a time.
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“maple bourbon” (4 reviews)
“cabot cheese” (4 reviews)
“taste test” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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2657 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Waterbury Center, VT 05677-7032
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Reviewed January 31, 2018

A quick visit to break up an afternoon drive. The staff was very friendly. There are a variety of interesting flavors and liquors to try and purchase. The sampling cost is not expensive. And you are bound to find a beverage that you love. There...More

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Mj B, Manager at Smugglers' Notch Distillery Tasting Room, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2018

Thank you so much. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. As a quick note, there are public restrooms available in the complex. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

Worth the stop if you are in the area. I like a good bourbon and they produced some wonderful bourbon. Prices good for a quality bourbon.

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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Stopped here while visiting Cabot Cheese. Nicely laid out shop. Sampled a few of the award winning whiskey and vodka. Purchased a couple small samples for the holidays. Wish I could have purchased more, but the airlines hinder that. The young lady at the store...More

Thank Dean G
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Reviewed November 28, 2017

We have not had good luck with small distilleries but this was a pleasant surprise. The tasting was good size and reasonable price. The woman doing the tasting was very well informed of the products and very friendly. We enjoyed a few of the products...More

Thank janice r
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Mj B, Manager at Smugglers' Notch Distillery Tasting Room, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Thanks for stopping by... we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

We stopped on our way to Stowe and stayed for an hour! The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. For $3 you get to try 4 options. Definitely recommend the maple bourbon and the rum. There are lots of options for gifts in the shop....More

Thank LMA27
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Mj B, Manager at Smugglers' Notch Distillery Tasting Room, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed November 3, 2017

They have 9 products in store but VT law states that you can only taste 4. Sampling will cost you $3. I enjoyed the bourbon and the litigation whiskey the best. They also have maple bourbon, gin, vodka, and a wheat whiskey. They do not...More

Thank Alison R
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Mj B, Manager at Smugglers' Notch Distillery Tasting Room, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2017

Thanks for stopping in!

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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

We stopped in to the tasting room after the Cabot Cheese tasting and market next door. We tasted the full range of whiskey and rye and found preference for the smooth fullbodied Straight Bourbon, with a bottle heading home to Texas. The staff was wonderful...More

Thank Bill M
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Management response:Responded September 26, 2017

Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed September 3, 2017

Saw this from the road and turned around to go back and give it a try. We tried a couple of the liquors and were pleasantly surprised. The maple bourbon syrup was amazing. Will definitely be ordering some soon!

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Management response:Responded September 26, 2017

Thanks for stopping by... hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

We went in for a tasting and the staff was very friendly. We asked to sample the maple bourbon, but they had just run out. It seems like they have just recently opened and you have to drive up the hill to park close to...More

Thank DkmBailey
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Management response:Responded September 26, 2017

Thank you so much for stopping by. Smugglers' Notch Distillery has been open since 2010 when we released our flagship product, Vodka. This tasting room has been open for a little over 2 years. Our Maple Bourbon launched in November of 2016 and has been...More

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Reviewed August 21, 2017

Vodka, Gin, Rum, Whiskey...what's not to like? Very reasonable price for 4 taste selections. Also Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup to taste. Very fun gift selection. They offer, for example, a can of ginger beer plus two rum minis to mix a dark and stormy...More

Thank rhonda t
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Management response:Responded September 26, 2017

So great to have you stop by. Hope to see you again soon!

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