The Distiller’s Journal

Woodinville Wins Top Honor in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021

The 2021 Whisky Bible will hit shelves in North America on October 31. Until then, here’s a preview of Murray’s tastings of Woodinville.



Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey Private Select

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“Oh, just get a load of that kumquat peel and liquorice. One of the most Kentuckian noses outside Kentucky. Though the theme is soft and inviting, there is a fabulous steeliness to the crisp Demerara sugars and intent on the spices… Butterscotch and light molasses create an exit of refined elegance. And it’s in no hurry to go… To put it simply: this is fantastic, flawless bourbon.” – bottled for Bern’s Steak House.


Woodinville Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey Pot Distilled

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“I have just exhaled with a groan of pleasure of spitting the first mouthfull, so immediately complete is this bourbon I could also have groaned from the sheer injustice to having to spit: what a waste! The delivery is equal to almost anything found ten years or younger in Kentucky. The corn oils and ulmo honey have formed an unholy partnership, surely. How else can this be explained? When you finally descend from your fluffy little bourbon cloud to concentrate on what is happening next… Happy anniversary to unquestionably one of the greatest bourbon distilleries outside Kentucky. The whiskey used here has a maximum 10-year-old age statement. But it isn’t so much the age as the stunning layering of this classic bourbon. As always, a joy to taste.” – 10 Years Anniversary Edition.


Woodinville Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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“Wave upon wave of caramel laps gently at the nose. The corn oils are outstanding. A little golden syrup and molasses give a toasted, glossy sweetness. Technically excellent bourbon… This is super-soft, the corn oil acting like shock absorbers and allowing the custard and hickory duet to thrive. Even so, like every great bourbon there is a threat or the actuality of serious toastiness, and it isn’t lacking here… Even at the death you are salivating! The small grains have awoken and join the spices to tease… Just so staggeringly well made.”


Woodinville Cask Strength Straight 100% Rye Whiskey

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“Cleanly distilled so the rye, unmolested, offers its sharp, mildly fruity, Demerara sugar-sweet, firm signature… There is a genuine crunchiness to the grain: you half expect your teeth to shatter as you chew it… The rye seems to echo around the palate while the chocolate moves in for dessert… When a rye is crisp, salivatingly fruity and offers an enigmatic sweetness, then you know it has done its job.”



How to Make Homemade Bitters

Customize that cocktail with a dash of housemade Bitters.  They take about a month to make. Here’s Step One in the process, with Shanya, Woodinville’s Brand Ambassador in Florida.

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Blinker Cocktail

Our brand ambassador Chad shows how to make the 1930s-era, three ingredient Blinker cocktail. Make an already easy to make drink even easier, by purchasing the ingredients online: Woodinville Rye online in Washington. Woodinville Rye in other states. Grenadine. Enjoy responsibly.

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Brett’s Pick

    Introducing Brett’s Pick: a barrel so unique that it simply had to be bottled on its own without influence from any other barrels. Our upcoming single barrel release was personally selected by Woodinville Co-Founder and Lead Distiller, Brett Carlile, and we have affectionately named it “Brett’s Pick.” This distillery-only special release is a […]

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Port Finished Bourbon Bramble

The blackberries are starting to ripen in Western Washington… making it the perfect time for a Woodinville Port Finished Bourbon Bramble. … 2 oz Woodinville Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey ¼ oz Simple Syrup ¾ oz Lemon Juice Crème de Mure, to top. Fresh blackberries for garnish. … Combine bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice in […]

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Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey Chocolate Mousse

Joe here in New York wants to teach you how to make a decadent Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey Chocolate Mousse. Watch the video to learn!   Ingredients: 4 oz (120 g) good quality semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate 2 tbsp (30 g) butter 3 tbsp Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey 2 large eggs, separated 4 tbsp (60 g) […]

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Up To Date

Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks book originally published this cocktail in 1916 and Chad, Woodinville’s Brand Ambassador in Oregon and Northern California, has the step by step for you here today.   Ingredients: 1.25 oz. Woodinville Rye 1.25 oz. Amontillado Sherry .5 oz. Pierre Ferrand dry curacao 2 dashes angostura bitters Garnish with a […]

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Woodinville Crisp Cocktail

Showcasing lots of Washington ingredients, this cocktail from our Washington Brand Ambassador Deszeray, is a delicious cocktail to make featuring our Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.   Ingredients 2 oz Woodinville Bourbon .5 oz fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp Woodinville Barrel Aged Maple Syrup 4 oz apple juice 2 ginger rounds   Shake and strain over […]

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Bourbon Foam

Bourbon Foam, like an ethereal version of whipped cream, is a fantastic topper for cocktails and coffee. Chad, Woodinville’s Brand Ambassador in Oregon and Northern California, demonstrates what you’ll need.   Ingredients: 2 egg whites 1.5 oz. Woodinville Bourbon 1.5 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao .5 oz. fresh lemon juice .5 oz. simple syrup   […]

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House Aged Bourbon Cherries for Cocktails

Nothing tops an Old Fashioned better than the perfect cherry. Shayna shows you how to make them at home.   Ingredients 1 cup fresh Cherries 1 oz Woodinville Bourbon ¼ oz Grand Marnier Simple Syrup Take ½ Pint Jar and fill to brim with Dark, Sweet Cherries. Add Woodinville Bourbon, Grand Marnier, and top with […]

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