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Where to Find Whiskey in Woodinville (and How it is Made)

Woodinville Whiskey Co

Where Whiskey Can Be Found in Woodinville

There are close to 150 wineries scattered about Woodinville, but there are only 7 distilleries.  Of those 7 distilleries, there are only 2 that produce whiskey: JP Trodden, located in the Warehouse District, and Woodinville Whiskey Co., located in the West Valley District. 

JP Trodden, founded in 2003, is best known for their hand-crafted bourbon whiskey made in controlled small batches.  When visiting JP Trodden, be sure to look for their products such as barrel aged maple syrup, sweet tea syrup, cocktail cherries, bitters, old fashioned cocktail and hot toddy cocktail syrup.

Woodinville Whiskey Co., established in 2010 and founded by Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile, is best known for their variety of award winning straight, rye and double barrel whiskies.  They have been awarded the #1 spot for best craft distillery by the Puget Sound Business Journal, best distillery for 2016 by 425 Magazine and the Seattle Weekly, Top 10 Rye Whiskeys for 2018 by Forbes and the list goes on.  Woodinville Whiskey Co offers 40 minute tours of their facility daily from 22:00 to 5:00 pm.

Ever Wonder How Whiskey is Made?

The answer is the same as it has been for over 200 years.  There are 5 stages that go into the production of whiskey. 

Malting:  The idea here is to convert the starches of the barley grain into soluble sugars.  In this process, barley is soaked in water for 2-3 days in order to start germination of the grains.  Once germination begins, the grains are kiln dried.  Once the grains are dried, they are ground down by a mill where the hulls and husks are separated out.  The barley is now called malt.    

Mashing:  In this phase, the goal is to extract the soluble sugars.  Warm water is added to the malt and at this point the mixture is called mash.  The sugars are extracted and go into the third phase. 

Fermentation: In order for fermentation to happen, a specific yeast is added to the sugars and this process to achieve optimum results will take up to 48 hours. 

Distilling:  Here, impurities are extracted from the wort (sugar and yeast mixture) in large copper stills. Believe it or not, the type of still and the number of times the sugar /yeast mixture is distilled will determine the flavor of the end product.    

Maturation: This final stage gives whiskey its flavor and aroma.  Here, the fermented sugars are poured into charred white oak barrels for a minimum of 3 years.

Very interesting, right? If you want to get a more detailed look and explanation of the process, visit JP Trodden and Woodinville Whiskey Co. distilleries.  Stop by and sample their whiskey. Even if you’ve never been a whiskey enthusiast, you may go home with a bottle in your arms.

Aside from the distilleries, there is one more stop you may consider, a liquor store in Woodinville called Proper and Ernst.  This is a highly rated liquor supplier best known for their wide selection of spirits and vast knowledge of the brands they carry.   Ask to sample some of the whiskey brands from their friendly staff.  Here you will have a better understanding of the types of flavors (i.e. peaty, smoked peat and bitter) along with smoothness found in whiskey brands. 

Proper & Ernst

Have you visited any of the distilleries? Share your experience and tell us what you enjoyed most about touring the facilities and sampling whiskey. Did you learn something new? Was there one type of whiskey you liked better than others? We would like to know!

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