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Sweet Mash Four Grain 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 Four Grain Bourbon
Sweet Mash Four Grain Bourbon

Spirit Specs

  • Produced in small batches of 30 or fewer barrels
  • Bottled in Bond
  • 78% Corn, 9% Rye, 9% Wheat, 4% Malted barley
  • Bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV)
  • Available in 750 mL bottles
  • Appearance

    Tawny
  • Aroma

    Butterscotch and vanilla
  • Taste

    Honeycrisp apple and butterscotch lead into rich tobacco and oak
  • Finish

    Honey and cracked black pepper
Sweet Mash Four Grain Bourbon Recipes
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Paper Plane

¾ oz. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Four Grain Bourbon
¾ oz. Aperol
¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. Amaro (Nonio)
Lemon twist, to garnish

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Man O’ War

2 oz. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Four Grain Bourbon
1 oz. Cointreau
½ oz. Sweet vermouth
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel and Luxardo cherry, to garnish

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Improved Whiskey Cocktail

2 oz. Hard Truth Sweet Mash Four Grain Bourbon
1 barspoon Maraschino liqueur
1 barspoon Simple syrup
1 dash Absinthe
1 dash angostura bitters
1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
Lemon twist, to garnish

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