Hard Truth Distilling Co. Introduces Legends Series With 14-Year-Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Schoonover Straight Bourbon Whiskey, plus three barrel-smoked variants, are available today 

Nashville, Ind. – Hard Truth Distilling Co., an artisan distillery located on 325 acres in Southern Indiana, has released the first spirit in its Legends series: Schoonover Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This very rare, single-barrel, uncut and unfiltered, 14-year-old straight bourbon whiskey is bottled by Hard Truth at its state-of-the art craft distillery in Brown County, Ind. 

Alongside the original Schoonover, Hard Truth has also released a trio of barrel-smoked variants: applewood, maple, and hickory. 

“It took some guts for Bryan Smith, our Master Distiller, to take a delicious 14 year old whiskey and experiment with it by smoking it in whiskey barrels,” said Hard Truth co-founder and owner, Ed Ryan. “That pioneering spirit has led to the release of the Schoonover family of products, which are now America’s Original Barrel Smoked Whiskeys.” 

It’s this same pioneering spirit that led the Hard Truth team to select the product’s namesake: Johann Schoonover. Schoonover was a German fur trader and trapper who came to Hard Truth’s home of Brown County, Ind. around 200 years ago, where he became the first recorded European settler to the area.

While Hard Truth’s own sweet mash whiskeys and bourbons continue to age in their Brown County rackhouse at Hard Truth Hills, Ryan is looking forward to sharing his love of premium, aged spirits with Hard Truth customers via products like Schoonover. 

“I have tasted hundreds of whiskeys over the years and Schoonover is one of my favorites,” Ryan explained, nodding to the deep amber color as a hint to its full-bodied flavor. “With one sip, you have the perfect intersection of an oak backbone with a spicy pop wrapped in a deliciously sweet finish.” 

The original Schoonover Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a dark amber appearance and offers aromas of corn, vanilla, caramel and toasted nuts. The flavor features a complex blend of caramel, charred oak, corn, and cherry, with a medium finish that reinforces the caramel and oak with an added element of warm spices. Each barrel-smoked variant offers transformed and additional characteristics unique to the woods used to create them. 

Schoonover Straight Bourbon Whiskeys’ proofs and alcohols by volume vary by barrel and are marked accordingly on individual bottles. All four iterations are available in 750 mL bottles with a suggested retail price of $199.99 on the original, and of $249.99 on the barrel-smoked variants. All will be available in limited quantities at Big Woods Restaurant Group locations, Hard Truth Hills and select local retailers throughout Indiana. 

Customers interested in tasting Schoonover Straight Bourbon Whiskey before buying will be able to purchase a $35 sampler flight of half-ounce pours featuring all four variants at all Big Woods Restaurant Group and Hard Truth Hills locations. 

A sample of original Schoonover will also be included with the Thursday, Dec. 3, Cask & Still pairing dinner at Hard Truth Hills, as well as the dinner’s encore presentation at Big Woods Franklin on Friday, Dec. 11. For more information on how to secure your tickets, visit hardtruthhills.com/events

For more information on where to purchase Schoonover Straight Bourbon Whiskey or any other Hard Truth product, visit: hardtruthdistilling.com/spirit-finder

For updates and information on these and other upcoming releases, join the Hard Truth Distilling Co. mailing list at hardtruthdistilling.com, or follow Hard Truth Distilling Co. on Facebook and Instagram at @HardTruthSpirits, or on Twitter at @drinkhardtruth. 


Headquartered in Nashville, Ind., Hard Truth Distilling Co. distills Hard Truth rums, vodkas, gins and whiskeys, including top-selling Hard Truth Cinnamon Vodka and Hard Truth Toasted Coconut Rum. All of Hard Truth’s spirits are distributed across Indiana and in parts of Illinois, Kentucky, and Florida. Hard Truth was founded in 2015 and is one of three companies within the BWQOHT, Inc. umbrella. The second is Quaff ON! Brewing Co., which brews more than 40 craft beers, including well-known Busted Knuckle and Six Foot Blonde. The third is Big Woods Restaurant Group, which is also headquartered in Nashville, Ind., and has locations in Bloomington, Speedway, Noblesville, Franklin, West Lafayette and Edinburgh, Ind., plus three locations in Nashville, Ind. – The Original, Big Woods Pizza Co. and Big Woods Hard Truth Hills. 

About East Lee News

Stay Up to Date with Southwest Florida’s Latest Issue. We cover any and all topics of interest for those living near and far. Stay up to date with the latest articles.

Recent Posts

Request Banner Ad Placement