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Impending retirement and Woodinville Whiskey is #1.

First some happy new for me. I will be retiring from Boeing in 2 weeks after 40 years. Started out building boats for the Navy, then worked on the first 757, the Awacs program, a 747 for a middle eastern prince then many years on the 737 program with a 4 years break to help start the 777 program. It has been a rewarding journey but I am looking forward to my retirement. Have a list this things to do and places to visit. Plus I will have time to review more distilleries and give more frequent updates.

It was just announced this past week that a Washington distillery won a prestigious award. Woodinville Whiskey was named the U.S. micro whiskey of the year, single barrel for their Straight Bourbon Private Select from Jim Murray’s 2021 edition of his Whiskey Bible. I have my copy on order and will give call outs to Washington distilleries that made it into the bible. I would like to get a bottle of the bourbon from Woodinville to celebrate my retirement.

Whidbey Island Distillery released 2 new liqueurs they added to their excellent line of liqueurs. One is a Lavender Loganberry and the other is Blackberry made from local berries.

A bit late but Highside Distillery was nominated as one of the best craft distilleries by USA Today. The deadline to vote was September 14th. I voted for them a couple times myself, I have not seen the results yet. Last year Letterpress Distillery was voted one of the best Craft Specialty Spirits Distilleries.

Hardware Distillery on Hood Canal has a new Peach Liqueur. They are also experimenting with blackberry, fireweed and wild flower flavors. The drive to this distillery is most excellent, unfortunately the distillery has been closed both times I drove by.

Bainbridge Organic Distillers now has outdoor seating. The space was designed with social distancing in mind. I recently picked up a bottle of their Battle Point Organic Wheat whiskey. I haven’t opened it yet, I should have a review in a month or two.

Chuckanut Bay Distillery has reopened its tasting room for those up north. It is high on my list of places to visit in the near future.

I noticed that Wishkah River Distillery has appeared to have reopened. Their website is still down but their Facebook page has been updated recently. I will update the distillery locator soon to reflect this.

I was asked the other day by a fellow at work after telling him it is possible to add a smoky flavor to whiskey and other adult beverages. I have a set of plans to make a smoking box and hope to build it soon. He wanted to know if I left some whiskey outside, uncovered, would the whiskey get a smoky flavor from the poor air we have been breathing lately. I doubt it and it appears I won’t have a chance to try it, the air quality is much improved this morning compared to earlier this week.

Till next time, don’t forget to wet your corks.

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