Here’s some booze news that has nothing to do with a ballot initiative: On November 19, the guys at Woodinville Whiskey Co. will release a pair of limited edition whiskeys, one of which they say is the largest bourbon release in the state since Prohibition.
The bourbon and its counterpart, an American whiskey, are the first of what co-founder Orlin Sorensen says will be an annual harvest time release. The spirits are also Woodinville’s first aged products to hit the market, though the two-year-old company’s vodka and white dog (unaged) whiskey are already hits amongst local drinkers.
The distillery will open at 7am on release day, and don’t be surprised if you see scores of whiskey aficionados lining up early in the morning. Each person can purchase two bottles, which go for $40 apiece. Right now the operation is in the midst of the bottling process; Sorensen says they will have between 3,000 and 5,000 bottles of each style to sell.
Both whiskeys were aged for up to two years in 5- to 8-gallon barrels. These are significantly smaller than the 53-gallon barrels that larger operations use; exposing the whiskey to more barrel surface area helps accelerate aging and deepen the flavor.
You’ll recall that Sorensen and fellow founder Brett Carlile have benefited from some big-name tutelage from David Pickerell, former master distiller for Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Pickerell will be hanging out in the tasting room on release day. It’s not weird at all to ask him to sign your bottles. In fact, it’s encouraged.
Early next year, the distillery will start releasing its core offerings of aged whiskeys, a Mash Bill No. 9 bourbon and a 100 percent rye whiskey.