Hawaii’s Ko’olau Distillery to begin whiskey production

13th November, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

Hawaiian distillery Ko’olau will begin full production next month and is preparing to launch its first product, Old Pali Road Whiskey.

Old Pali Road Whiskey is bottled at 43% abv

Located in Kailua, Oahu, Ko’olau Distillery will launch the American-style whiskey in Hawaii. The expression is thought to be only aged, amber whiskey produced on the island of Oahu.

Locally sourced corn delivers the Bourbon-style base for the mash used to create Ko‘olau’s whiskey, which is then blended with five-year-old American whiskey and Hawaiian water.

Production will initially be limited to fewer than 10,000 bottles per year.

The distillery was founded by Ian Brooks and Eric Drill, both veterans of the US Marine Corps.

“No other company on O‘ahu is producing whiskey that has been aged in wooden casks,” said Dill.

“The science and art of whiskey-making fascinates me and there is something exceptionally gratifying about making your own.”

Old Pali Road Whiskey will soon be available in retail, restaurants and bars in Hawaii. Local residents and visitors will also be able to take part in tastings and tours at the distillery.

One Response to “Hawaii’s Ko’olau Distillery to begin whiskey production”

  1. Jon says:

    Aloha guys,
    First of all, much mahalo for serving our country. I’m a local boy (Kaneohe) living in the mainland and a whiskey enthusiast. I was stationed at Ft. Stewart Ga. (3 years) and Ft. Lewis Wa.(3 years) and decided that that was enough for me. I’m currently with a aircraft company located in Washington State.
    For what its worth, I’m really jealous on what you have accomplished. Living the dream by doing something that you enjoy doing. My wife and I are heading to Hawaii to put my mom to rest at Punchbowl cemetery. My dad is an old Marine who served during the Korean War. I would like to visit your facility when we are visiting. If not, I’ll understand.

    Best wishes on your new carrier,

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