Smugglers’ Notch is a Vermont-based distillery that infuses whiskey with maple syrup (we’ve not reviewed their wares), but they also do things the other way, aging maple syrup in bourbon barrels.
Today we look at a unique mixer: Smugglers’ Notch 100% pure Vermont maple syrup (“grade A dark robust”), aged in the company’s own bourbon barrels.
I’m not a huge maple syrup fanatic, but even I was jazzed by Smugglers’ creation. You can really taste (and smell) the bourbon influence: Lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, and spices, plus some woody barrel influence, too. Of course, eventually the maple takes hold, that sweet and fruity character immediately reminding you of falling leaves and snowy mornings.
Use it just like any other syrup, on your pancakes or waffles or ice cream, or consider elevating a cocktail by subbing in this special syrup for sugar, agave, or another form of sweetener.
A- / $10 (100ml) / smugglersnotchdistillery.com