For those of us who like premium whiskeys, and try to buy local products if possible, this whiskey is worth noting.
The distillery is in Woodinville, WA, and their whiskey is made strictly from Washington grown wheat, corn and barley.
This whiskey has a wonderful taste, and a smooth finish. No harshness whatsoever.
It is made in small batches, and aged in 8 gallon American Oak barrels.
Barrels are used for one batch only, then sold to the locals.
I feel it is as good as anything coming from KY.
The owners learned their skills from a 14 year Master distiller at Maker's Mark.
I used to drink Maker's - now I drink Woodinville.
They also offer a Rye Whiskey, as well as "Aging kits" - everything you need to do your own.
I'm interested. what's the price? the changes in distilling law in Washington have been nothing but good.
I've had Dry Fly's Washington Wheat Whiskey a couple of times, and it's ridiculous. so good. at around $50 for a fifth, though, it has to be a rare treat. they also make a bourbon and a triticale whiskey, both of which I would like to try. haven't seen either of those or Woodinville's stuff locally.
Their Rye is excellent. I wasn't too impressed with the Bourbon. Bottles come out at about $60 after the state liquor taxes. There seem to be quite a number of good craft distilleries popping up around the Puget Sound region. The Dry Fly gin is also quite good.
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
My local Trader Joe's (West Seattle) has the 'Harvest Release' and the Rye @ $35 + sales tax (= <$40)
Makes me happy that they are using local grains as well. But not (?) for the rye...the rye doesn't specify.
Perhaps we need a local rye grower here.
A little pricey, but the good stuff is always more than the generic swill.
To me, it is nice to know that when I want something good, I can keep my dollars in Cascadia vs Appalachia.
Perhaps, the locavores can add a new word to their vocabulary - "Locaholics" LOL
As a side note, I took a bottle to my daughter's house. Her boyfriend loves good whiskey, and is a manager (liquor buyer) for a local restaurant/lounge. After sampling it he said "I want to start carrying this at my place." Sure would be nice if a few of the local lounges started carrying the local products. We certainly know how the locals feel about local beers...it would be great to see that spill over into local spirits. A whole new dimension to the 'buy local' theme.
Whiskey is OK. But also check out Pacifique absinthe from Pacific Distillery, also somehow in Woodinville. http://www.pacificdistillery.com/index2.htm It's not cheap, by the way, but worth it I think. It beats Pernod, Lucid, Absente and other absinthes I've tried.