WOODINVILLE, Wash. -- At Woodinville Whiskey, they don't just have customers. They have fans. Some of those fans began lining up late Thursday, to be the first to get a bottle of the distillery's latest release: 5 Year Flagship Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This all Washington bourbon is being released on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 am sharp, and it's a product of persistence, and expertise. These distillers consulted with master distiller David Pickerell of Maker's Mark for their Flagship Bourbon.
Woodinville Whiskey got its start in 2009 -- and since bourbon takes 4 to 6 years to age, much of what they distilled five years ago is still ageing in barrels!
"You learn patience. We're both not patient people, that was the hardest thing for us, the waiting game. But good things come to those who wait." owner Brett Carlile said.
In this case that 'good thing' would be bourbon. The wait takes place in barrels. Then the bourbon goes into a giant proofing tank. After years of aging, it's deemed ready for the bottle. And this is where the fun begins. Some members of this 'spirited' crew have waited more than a year to join this bottling party. It's harder than it looks, according to bottler Dore' Schiller.
"Well you have to end up with them perfectly lining up with the end over the 'D'," she demonstrated with a label.
Many hands make light work. And grateful owners.
"When people come in and help do this with us, it's really neat to see, the people that helped build the Woodinville Whiskey brand," said owner Orlin Sorenson.
The bottling crew gets something out of this as well. Camraderie. And a behind the scenes experience at the Washington's biggest craft distillery.
Volunteers also get a discount. Most of these workers leave with what they bottled -- and purchase a little something extra as well.
A hand crafted reward for a job well done.
Click here to find out more about this Saturday's bourbon release, and to learn more about bottling.