Hawaii’s Ko’olau Distillery to begin whiskey productionBy Nicola Carruthers
Hawaiian distillery Ko’olau will begin full production next month and is preparing to launch its first product, Old Pali Road Whiskey.
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.