Surrounded by dozens of wineries in the heart of Woodinville, a popular company is quickly turning wine country into whiskey country. At the beginning of the craft distilling boom, longtime friends Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile took their idea and formed what is known today as Woodinville Whiskey Co. After various high-mark awards, accolades, and a cult following of spirit sippers, they built a new tasting room and distillery with enough room for their ever-expanding business. Once arriving and stepping in through the massive wood doors, you are met with the scent of grain distilling, the sounds of staff pouring at the tasting bar, and the sight of a remarkable 25-foot-tall copper still off in the distance. While touring and tasting, you are able to watch the staff diligently tend to the process — pouring grain, rolling barrels, and tasting each step to ensure the final bottle passes the founders’ expectations.

 

Mixing - Woodinville Whiskey

Mixing it Up

Locally sourced grain from Quincy is one of the key ingredients.

 

Copper Still

All in a Day’s Work

Custom copper still hand-forged by third-generation craftsmen produces seven barrels of whiskey each day.

 

distilling tour

Step Right Up

Get up close to the entire process when taking an informative tour with distillers.

 

Brett Carlile

Best Part of the Job

Co-founder Brett Carlile tastes a sip from an aged oak barrel.

 

Oak Barrel

Aged to Perfection

Each oak barrel is new and ages in Quincy, where hot days and cold nights contribute to an award-winning product.