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Washington Distiller's Review, a passion for the craft distilleries of my home state.

Updated: Jul 26, 2019

As a fan of the micro distilleries of Washington State, I would like to share my experiences with others.





My first review will be the distillery closest to my home. Blackfish is located at 420 37th St NW. They make a wide variety of spirits. These include the traditional items like bourbon, gin and vodka. They also make a nice variety of liqueurs. I have tried all the above at least once.



Blackfish Bourbon is a blend of grains and aged in new oak barrels. The taste is on par with the popular American bourbons. I would rate it a 4.2 out of 5.

Blackfish Vodka is a fairly standard vodka. Straight is has a bit of a burn but works very well mixed. My rating is 3.5 out of 5.

Blackfish Doc Brewer's Rye Whiskey. I found this to be very smooth with a sneaky but nice burn. It's the only Blackfish item I bought in a bigger bottle, it was a gift for a cousin. They also did something a lot of places would not have done. I wanted a 375 ml bottle and they had none on the shelf. The gentleman working there opened a larger bottle and made me the size I wanted. I rate this at a 4.3 out of 5.

Blackfish White Whiskey. One of the smoother white whiskeys I have tasted. It doesn't have the nasty bite of others. I rate this a 3.6 out of 5.

Blackfish Apple Pie Moonshine. The first time I tried this I was not impressed. It had a bitter note with too much cinnamon. The next time was a much better product. More of a real apple taste. This product will likely be a hit or miss proposition for buyer. I rate it a 2.5 out of 5.

Blackfish Chocolate Liqueur. My wife loves this, it makes excellent chocolate martinis. My only taste was straight, it had a good chocolate flavor but left an after taste. Based on my wife's rating, I give this a 3.9 out of 5.

Blackfish Blackberry Liqueur. My only taste of this was shotgunning a 50 ml bottle prior to an Eagles concert as Safeco Field. It has a bit of a artificial taste and had a surprising burn on the way down. I think this would be excellent mixed with lemonade on a warm day. I rate it a 3.8 out of 5.

Other products made by Blackfish include Gifford's Gin, Gifford's Dry Gin, Gifford's Barreled Gin, Rhubarb and Coffee liqueurs and Svartfish Aquavit. The Apple Pie Moonshine is now called Apple Pie Whiskey.

The distillery is open every day but Monday. Free samples are offered and all their products are available for purchase. Most are available in 50 ml sizes, all can be had in 375 and 750 ml bottles. I have found Blackfish product at a couple liquor stores in the Auburn area and they can be found a many restaurants and bars, a list is on their website.


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