OOLA Waitsburg Bourbon

OOLA Waitsburg Bourbon

(0.75l, 46%*)

*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

7.7/10
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Oola Distillery was founded by Kirby Kallas-Lewis in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. All grains for their Spirits are sourced from two organic farms in Eastern Washington. Once the ingredients arrive at the distillery, they are milled and mashed before being distilled through Kirby's copper-pot still.

This incredible Oola Waitsburg Bourbon is really not just a nice medley of corn, rye, malted barley and white winter wheat. It's a deeply complex, balanced Bourbon that’s just the right amount of sweet. Post-distillation, the Bourbon is aged in small, American white oak casks that undergo huge temperature swings of up to 50-70° each day. This extreme climate change enhances the interaction between barrels and Spirit, giving the perfect flavor profile. Expect spicy aromas, with hints of cinnamon, ginger and black peppercorn underlying notes of caramel, vanilla, savory pickled notes and chutney the finish is warming. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Seattle
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    46%*
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    American white oak casks
  • *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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spicy
caramel
cinnamon
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vanilla
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marmelade
olive
wheat
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Cinnamon, spice, ginger with spicy notes of black peppercorn.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Caramel, vanilla, olives, dill pickles and chutney.

Finish
Warm and balanced, with hints of honey and oak spice. 
Ratings & Reviews
Alex
Alex,
Solid
 
Steven
Steven,
Enjoying this bourbon . Very good on the palate. Nice spicy afternotes. Will purchase again.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
It is clean and smooth with a great flavor profile.
 
Barney
Barney,
Really liked this, very spicy throughout. Beautiful bottle and branding.
 
Mitchell
Mitchell,
Good run of the mill whiskey. Might be a good bottle to grab when looking for an average good tasting whiskey.
 
Josh
Josh,
Strong and sweet
 
Cady
Cady,
Very interesting that I smell more spice than I taste. Nice finish.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Really good! Spicy and sweet, balanced and smooth. A perfect sipping bourbon, that’s both sophisticated and approachable on ice, or neat!
 
Michael
Michael,
Being a Washington State guy I was looking forward to this one. It's good. A little bit of heat once it hits, but only enough to remind you you're drinking bourbon. It has some sweet to it as well. Overall it's a decent sipper as I've enjoyed it neat and with a bit of ice and a twist. On the rocks seems to open it up some.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Love it
 
John
John,
This one needs some water to bring out more notes other than spice and ginger. Medium body with notes of cinnamon. Soft lingering finish
 
Brandon
Brandon,
I really like this Bourbon. It has a sweet, slightly caramel, note to it; but it’s balanced with the other flavors.
 
Richard
Richard,
I enjoy this Bourbon. Will keep this in my bar list
 
Dan
Dan,
Oola is a very solid bourbon that I have never seen anyone not appreciate it. Should be on every bar.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Its terrible. Tastes like plastic and chemicals. This is not bourbon by the way, so dont expect it to be. Its blended from other distributors with the labels proprietary mash. If you like blended Canadian whiskey, you may like this, but definitely not worth the price paid. Tastes similar, but worse than Crown Royal and Pendleton. Not suitable for drinking neat or even on the rocks. Going to try hiding this swill in Manhattans for unpleasant house guests. If that doesn't work I'll have to drop it at the local frat house.
 
Mike
Mike,
Too much of a bitter bite that overpowers any enjoyment of flavor
 
Lora
Lora,
this one was not for me. too much bite, which overpowered any flavor
 
Karen
Karen,
Super smooth, great for everyday sipping or mixed drinks
 
Robert
Robert,
It is relatively smooth but there is some spice that is very off putting...I can't put my finger on it but I don't like it.
Robert
Robert,
After having another sip, I think it is the ginger...I don't like ginger
Frank
Frank,
Mixed spices in the nose. You pick up more of that spiciness when tasting, something that the notes describe as olives and chutney - I can kinda see that. Medium finish. I don't think this is one I'd sip on, but would probably be a good choice in an Old Fashioned or Boulevardier.
 
Landon
Landon,
Good everyday. Little light on the end but good flavor.
 
Joe
Joe,
I'm a sipper. I've tried a few things and shared with a couple budding enthusiasts. OOla was the biggest hit yet. I like it slightly refrigerated or with stones. I like the flavor, texture, smooth finish.
 
Mark
Mark,
Worth a try. Not as smooth of a sipper as I prefer for my bourbon, but a good quality drink that is drinkable on the rocks, and would make a solid cocktail.
 
Julian
Julian,
Spicy and full-bodied
 
Allan
Allan,
Initially drank it straight and wasn't super fond of it (but didn't hate it), but mixed an old fashioned and it is one my my favorite bourbons for making them now. Leaves a great complex flavor in your mouth on the back end.
 
Adam
Adam,
Smooth and enjoyable
 
Okella
Okella,
Very smooth bourbon. I was going to mix it with something but it held its own.
 
Bryant
Bryant,
smooth
 
Frank
Frank,
This is a very nice bourbon that I think tastes as good as higher priced bourbond.
 
Heather
Heather,
I have a new favorite low priced bourbon whiskey. I love Buffalo Trace but I think I love this even more. Great for sipping even better for Old Fashioned drinks. You cant go wrong with this one.
 
Greg
Greg,
Love it, my new go to. buttery smooth lots of flavors dancing around. Easy to drink neat or on the rocks
 
Justin
Justin,
Was tasty. Has a bite at first, but pretty smooth.
 
Cassidy
Cassidy,
Well balanced, buttery, and smooth. This was a great find.
 
Lukasz
Lukasz,
Fairly smooth to drink, do not taste the strength of it. Does not longer for too long. Very solid.
 
David
David,
Good clean taste. Not too sweet but not bitter. Very strong but drinkable.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Delicious
 
Patrick
Patrick,
I was not a huge fan. I’m not an expert but for me this had a really strong juniper flavor right from the start, it was like a gin flavored bourbon. It was definitely an experience, I’m glad to have tried it, but I don’t thinknId want another bottle.
 
Lynette
Lynette,
I love this!!! Smooth ... and delicious I loved it so very much
 
Joseph
Joseph,
LOVE this bottle. This is quickly becoming a favorite. I'll have another bottle ordered shortly. I like it a bit on the cool side and as it warms on my palet the flavors really evolve. Very much approve.
 
Mark
Mark,
It was better than average, and stronger than I expected. Had some complex flavors. I first tried it neat and was surprised by the sour mash sort of kick to that spot of my tongue like when you drink Jack. Was much smoother on the rocks.
 
David
David,
Knew nothing about this when I selected it for my quarterly bottle. After the first sip, which was like nothing is ever had before, it continued to grow on me. This is a very economical whiskey, it ranks among the best at its price range.
 
Charles
Charles,
An everyday bourbon. Perfect for mixing cocktails.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Very very smooth. Great taste.
 
Ernest
Ernest,
This was a nice change it was smooth and nice will buy this one again
 
Stephen
Stephen,
This was delicious. The spicy is first, but does not overwhelm the other flavors. The finish is clean, with no cloying flavors or textures. Will definitely buy again.
 
Bob
Bob,
Very nice bourbon enjoyed so much bought a bottle as a gift for a friend . A new favorite in our family
 
James
James,
I really liked this, the flavor was amazing.
 
Cloyd
Cloyd,
Fruity nose, GREAT for an old-fashioned, or straight up!
 
Harutyun
Harutyun,
Great daily driver for the price
 
Joseph
Joseph,
This is a smooth very drinkable bourbon. It has a notes of caramel, honey vanilla. It has a very clean finish. The finish has a light oak flavor. Good for sipping.
 
Matt
Matt,
I thought this was a very drinkable whiskey
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Delicious from first taste to follow up notes of caramel, vanilla and spice. A new favorite
 
Craig
Craig,
Really liked this Bourbon a lot, so smooth, sweet with just the right amount of bite. Will purchase more in the future a definite go to!
 
Blake
Blake,
Excellent
 
Randy
Randy,
Smooth great neat our on the rocks score is a 93
 
Paul
Paul,
Green Apple is overpowering
 
Kaleinani
Kaleinani,
I'm very new to this world so I can't supply any jargon or common industry insight - but this was one of the smoothest whiskeys I've ever had, and I quite thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel like the taste itself was very mild and I could not efficiently pick out notes of any different flavor profiles, hence the 8/10. (Though perhaps my palette isn't refined enough...?) Overall great bottle!
 
Tara
Tara,
Not our favorite, will use it for old fashion's
 
Craig
Craig,
Very very smooth bourdon, could be my new favorite! Smooth and sweet beginning and a very subtle spice at the bottom end. Truly enjoyable drink.
 
Ken
Ken,
Nothing exceptional. Very drinkable and easy going.
 
Burke
Burke,
It wants to bite at the end but doesn't really follow through. Add ice, and this is super smooth. Can really taste the Carmel and Vanilla flavors with a Honey aftertastes when you breath in.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Smooth and good sweet flavors
 
Steven
Steven,
I like this one. Spicy but smooth. I like the smell of vanilla and caramel before drinking
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Sweet. Smooth. Very tasty
 
JOSH
JOSH,
Delicious and smooth. A very good sipping bourbon.
 
Gary
Gary,
Good for sipping over ice with bold cinnamon and spice flavors, add a splash of seltzer to being out slightly sweet vanilla and ginger, a good refreshing drink at the end of a long work day
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Loved this bourbon. Excellent sipping smoothness without too much buttery flavor. Just right. Excellent aftertaste.
 
Christian
Christian,
Very smooth and mellow.
 
Brad
Brad,
Never was a bourbon drinker. After having this, I am now.
 
Brian
Brian,
Great sipper. Carmel, vanilla, honey. Also great in my peach old fashion drink.
 
Laurie
Laurie,
My Husband loves this bourbon
 
Aaron
Aaron,
I’m just a beginner at this but this style of bourbon I truly enjoy. You can smell and taste the caramel, vanilla, butterscotch flavors.
 
Paul
Paul,
Tastes young and thin.
 
David
David,
Has a lot of spice to it, like christmas spices.
 
Brent
Brent,
Solid bourbon. I like what these guys are doing in Seattle. Their other offerings are even better, but worth the try.
 
Marques
Marques,
I like these guys a lot. The staff is great, their experiments are awesome... but I really don't like this whiskey. It just tastes too young! Which is crazy, cause it's 5 years old. It just has a very... sour green flavor. Almost a gin like sourness. It certainly has the more common bourbon flavors, vanilla, caramel, oak, a little bit of cherry. But those flavors are buried under the sourness. I've downed half a bottle of it too, so I've given it plenty of chances, it wasn't just something I ate before I tried it. Oddly enough the sourness is almost completely gone in the cask strength version, just a wisp on the back end.
 
Troy
Troy,
Wonderfully smooth bourbon. Will buy again
 
matthew
matthew,
Real caramel taste
 
David
David,
Love it!
 
Todd
Todd,
It’s not Pappy Van Winkle, I’ve had once at Cask & Trotters, or Bookers but some of the best damn bourbon I’ve had! Highly recommend.
 
John
John,
Not my favorite, I'm no expert but it seems like it was bottled to soon.
 
Emmy
Emmy,
It's a solid bourbon. Not on par with the best I've ever had but definitely far from the worst. Definitely worth a try.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
This is a really interesting young bourbon. When first opened it smells distinctly of straight alcohol - that's the youth talking. But if you pour it and let it rest for a time, more floral and inviting notes are clearly present. Flavor wise there are clear notes of vanilla, caramel, and a subtle maple - combined it reminded me distinctly of raw pie dough. I actually really enjoyed it, although it's sweet enough that I think I'll drink it primarily as a dessert. Overall, this is a tasty bourbon that's really exceptional given its age. I'm excited to see what else this distillery will produce in the years to come.
 
MAX
MAX,
Very sweet! Smooth! Very good!
 
Justin
Justin,
Underwhelming with an overly strong alcohol smell. Higher proofs like old forester 1920 do a great job of delivering a great nose and taste without that all consuming alcohol smell. This bourbon does not. It remains on my shelf and likely won’t be consumed anytime soon.
 
James
James,
This Bourbon is just ok. The most redeeming quality is a sort of pecan palate, nice for the holidays. BUT, the ethanol is far too forward, I can't get much of an aroma outta it and the spice is not as pleasurable as I'd like. I will give it a go in some cocktails.
 
Cristina
Cristina,
Wierd after taste. Do not approve.
 
Francisco
Francisco,
Great daily drinker. Great flavors and the wheat does shine through, for those wheated bourbon lovers.
 
Dave
Dave,
Very interesting drink not too sweet
 
Dave
Dave,
Very interesting
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Nose: For a highly ranked bourbon, there's not much there. Grapes, almost brandy like in smell. After opening up a while, there are undertones of salted caramel. Some peanut shells. Palate: This explodes on the mouth. A really great mouthful. Spice on the attack. Caramel. Wonderful butterscotch. Oak, slightly tannic. Prunes. Finish: Lingering spice. A bit of pleasant heat. Nice. 8/10. If there were a stronger nose, easily a 9.
 
Bret
Bret,
After reading the reviews, I thought I would get more spice out of it. Very smooth, sweet caramel and vanilla. That just seemed to be it for me. The finish was good and long, just sweet though. I like a little more spice on the finish. Good bourbon from my home state!
 
Evan
Evan,
Bronze color with initial tones of butterscotch and caramel. Very good bourbon, worth the money.
 
Gordon
Gordon,
It’s good and easy to drink. The spice hits early but then kind of dies off
 
Justin
Justin,
Top Notch Bourbon
 
Rob
Rob,
One of my better fines. I'm glad I bought this local bottle. It comes out very smooth & sweet when you slipping. Very easy to drink. I'll be getting another bottle very soon.
 
Lee
Lee,
This bottle is very special. Smooth but substantial. Really like the flavor profile. Beautiful neat.
 
Jernique
Jernique,
Extreeemeeellyy good!! I am really enjoying it. Had to run around and find it because it was delivered to the wrong person. Glad I found it because it is really good. Smokey and a little peppery at the front end. Then it smooths out and a hint of sweet bourbon and sweet caramel kicks in. Very complex. At the end comes the grain and earthiness. Gotta say I love it! I will get another bottle soon.
 
HOPE
HOPE,
I absolutely loved this bourbon! It was extra smooth, with a slightly sweet finish which I loved. Great with Ginger Ale too!
 
Shawn
Shawn,
This is my favorite daily drinker right now. So balanced and delicious, it is tough to put this one down!
 
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