Woodinville Whiskey Co., a craft distillery, is located in Woodinville, WA. The decor is rustic and what I would call Pacific Northwest barrel style. You will see the largest Pot Still on the West Coast working its magic. The whiskey is good and it’s always a treat when you can also taste the barrel-aged honey and maple syrup (makes a great gift!). Tasting on this day was from ‘The Microbarreled Collection’ – it’s aged to maturity in a 8-gallon handmade American oak barrel, with nearly 3 times the amount of wood in contact with whiskey compared to a standard barrel.
- Mash Bill No. 9 Bourbon Whiskey
- 100% Rye Whiskey
- Peabody Jones Vodka
If you think yourself a connoisseur of bourbon, there is always something new to learn. For example:
Bourbon Whiskey is American and must be made in the USA. The barrel must be new, charred oak. It must be at least 51% corn. Rye, wheat and malted barley are typically other grains used. It must be distilled no higher than 160 proof ensuring grain character. It must enter into a barrel no higher than 125 proof/62.5% ABV. It must go into the bottle no less than 80 proof/40% ABV. Also, no artificial coloring, flavoring, or additives are allowed. (Note: info here received from Woodinville Whiskey Co.) Different traits make Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Irish Whiskey and Canadian Whiskey what they are as well.
The tasting room is open daily from 11 am – 5 pm. The event space entices with hanging lights and a garage door that opens to a grassy space with a fire pit. Tours of the facility are on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm. Note: my party of three ate next door at The Hollywood Tavern ~ try the Ancho Chile Tots or Fried Pickles.
“the light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude” ~ James Joyce