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Sweet Mash Bourbon

Sweet Mash Bourbon marks a new chapter for Hard Truth.

When we built our still in 2018, Bourbon was the first whiskey we barreled. It’s the one we’ve been waiting for the longest, and now, it’s here — Bourbon, authentically made from grain-to-glass by Hard Truth in Brown County, Indiana.

Nothing, from start to finish, was left to chance. From high-quality Indiana grains, our continuous column still custom-made by Vendome Copper & Brass Works, and barrels specifically produced for each unique mash bill — every step of our bourbon-making process was pioneered by Master Distiller Bryan Smith to bring you a whiskey unlike any other.

Why sweet mash?

Every batch of Hard Truth Sweet Mash Whiskey begins with entirely fresh ingredients, known as the sweet mash process. Where sour mash reuses a portion of each previous batch, it also mutes some of the flavor. By using sweet mash, we’re able to highlight the complexity and pleasant flavors from our grains and reach the peak flavor in our new, charred American oak barrels.

Sweet Mash Bourbon




Sweet Mash Bourbon

Spirit Specs

  • Produced in small batches of 30 or fewer barrels
  • 73% Corn, 19% Rye, 8% Malted barley
  • Bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV)
  • Available in 750 mL bottles
  • Appearance

  • Aroma

    Caramel, pecan, clove, fruit, and oak
  • Taste

    Toffee, caramel, cherry, and sweet cream
  • Finish

    Warming coffee, vanilla, and oak that linger on the palate
Sweet Mash Bourbon Recipes
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Hard Truth Signature Old Fashioned

2 oz. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bourbon
2 barspoons Demerara syrup
1 barspoon Luxardo syrup
1 dropper House bitters #4
Lemon peel, orange peel, and Luxardo cherry to garnish

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New York Sour

2 oz. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bourbon
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 oz. Simple syrup
1 Egg white
1 oz. Dry red wine

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The Tickle

2 oz. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bourbon
Ginger ale
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St. Patrick’s Sour

2 oz. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bourbon
¾ oz. Egg white
1 oz. Simple syrup
1 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Pinot Grigio, dyed green*, to float

*Start with 1-2 drops of food dye, then add to reach your desired green color.

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