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.
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.
I thought this was a very drinkable whiskey
Delicious from first taste to follow up notes of caramel, vanilla and spice. A new favorite
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!
Smooth great neat our on the rocks score is a 93
Green Apple is overpowering
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!
Not our favorite, will use it for old fashion's
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.
Nothing exceptional. Very drinkable and easy going.
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.
Smooth and good sweet flavors
I like this one. Spicy but smooth. I like the smell of vanilla and caramel before drinking
Sweet. Smooth. Very tasty
Delicious and smooth. A very good sipping bourbon.
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
Loved this bourbon. Excellent sipping smoothness without too much buttery flavor. Just right. Excellent aftertaste.
Very smooth and mellow.
Never was a bourbon drinker. After having this, I am now.
Great sipper. Carmel, vanilla, honey. Also great in my peach old fashion drink.
My Husband loves this bourbon
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.
Tastes young and thin.
Has a lot of spice to it, like christmas spices.
Solid bourbon. I like what these guys are doing in Seattle. Their other offerings are even better, but worth the try.
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.
Wonderfully smooth bourbon. Will buy again
Real caramel taste
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.
Not my favorite, I'm no expert but it seems like it was bottled to soon.
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.
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.
Very sweet! Smooth! Very good!
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.
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.
Wierd after taste. Do not approve.
Great daily drinker. Great flavors and the wheat does shine through, for those wheated bourbon lovers.
Very interesting drink not too sweet
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.
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!
Bronze color with initial tones of butterscotch and caramel. Very good bourbon, worth the money.
It’s good and easy to drink. The spice hits early but then kind of dies off
Top Notch Bourbon
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.
This bottle is very special. Smooth but substantial. Really like the flavor profile. Beautiful neat.
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.
I absolutely loved this bourbon! It was extra smooth, with a slightly sweet finish which I loved. Great with Ginger Ale too!
This is my favorite daily drinker right now. So balanced and delicious, it is tough to put this one down!