Operating continually for over 180 years, Glenfarclas is one of the big players in Speyside, its six stills (3 wash, 3 spirit) are the largest in the region with a capacity of 3.5 million liters per year. Even more impressive is, in a time of proliferating No Age Statement malts, this distillery has an extremely wide range of age statement whiskies in constant production. While they have a few older bottlings like a 25, 30 and 40 year, they also have many younger offerings like 10, 12, 15, 17 and 21 year whiskies that are, relatively speaking, very affordable. This expression, like many Glenfarclas malts, is aged exclusively in ex-sherry casks.
If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of our visit to OOLA Distillery in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and our interview with master distiller and owner Kirby Kallas-Lewis. Situated down the street from a Pony and not that far from a Unicorn, with some Chop Suey (and hot dog stand!) in the back, OOLA distillery is housed in a short building of brown stone sandwiched between two high rises. It seems unassuming, until you step through the doors. The inside is small, smaller than you think a working distillery might have any right to be.
Whisky Wisdom continues the exploration of interesting people in the whisky world. This entry was born from a sojourn to Seattle and a targeted visit to OOLA Distillery. While the main focus is the interview, we will also intersperse our own observations throughout.
Interview with Kirby Kallas-Lewis, owner of OOLA Distillery.
Seattle, WA. March 20, 2017.