GRAIN-TO-GLASS SPIRITS Oola Distillery produces small batches of gin, vodka, flavored vodkas and bourbon whiskey. This is the real deal-spirits made with a sense of place and a connection to the people who grew the raw ingredients and the man who coaxed them into their more spirited forms-gins in which you can taste the botanicals, distinctive vodkas, and bourbon whiskey flavorful and smooth. OUR DISTILLER For Oola owner and distiller, Kirby Kallas-Lewis, Oola is a labor of love, intellectual curiosity and commitment to the neighborhood he has called home for more than two decades. Kirby has been studying the art and science of distilling intensively. He has participated in numerous workshops, tastings, and conferences on the topic of craft distilling by some of the leaders in the industry. A former artist and tribal art dealer, Kirby has long been interested in the power that great food, wine, art, cocktails and entertaining have in connecting people to each other and to a place.
The second release in our Whiskey Discourse series, OOLA Distillery Discourse Smoked Whiskey presents a “conversation” between the peated smokey notes of a beautiful Highland Scotch and our sweet, house-smoked American Whiskey.
This whiskey starts off with a mash bill similar to OOLA’s signature Waitsburg Bourbon mash bill containing corn, rye, malted barley, and wheat. The barley in our whiskey is smoked with apple wood and cherry wood along with our own bourbon barrel staves.
This is a whiskey about subtlety and balance—not a smoke “monster” by any standard. Our goal was to create a balanced beautiful Whiskey that explores smokey elements but is not overpowered by them.
NOSE: Rich nose with peach nectar, brown sugar, a hint of citrus and charcoal embers.
PALATE: Briny peat smoke and new leather, blooming into ripe stone fruits and baking spices.
FINISH: Layers of sweet smoke from Pacific Northwest hardwoods.