Frequently Asked Questions

Of all the different spirits to choose to distill, why Bourbon and Brandy? And what is the difference?

“Making whiskey is a process of extraction and purification to palatability whereas making brandy is a process of retention and concentration”

Bourbon

  • Grain base     
  • American Oak casks
  • Single-use barrel (requires a brand new American Oak barrel for its aging lifetime)
  • Roasted aromas

 

Brandy

  • Grape base
  • French and Hungarian Oak casks
  • Solera aging process (gets transferred to one barrel profile to another barrel profile during its aging process)
  • Floral aromas

 

How are Distillarium spirits aged?

Whiskey and brandy are two different animals when it comes to aging. All our whiskeys are aged in new American Oak barrels and stay in that barrel for its entire aging process. Our brandy is aged using the solera process and is transferred from one barrel profile to another during its aging time.

Like wine, are there ideal foods to complement these spirits?
  • Whiskey – Toasted and nutty tasting notes pair perfectly with hot honey.
    • Try our take on chicken and waffles. 
  • Brandy – Rich and floral tasting notes pair harmoniously with cheeses or chocolate.
    • Try our decadent charcuterie board or dark chocolate torte.
  • Unaged Spirits – Lighter fare
    • Try one of our artisan salads or shrimp scampi.

 

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What are the differences between French, Hungarian, and American oak?

French oak holds more tannins that begin to flavor and color the grape base, also known as eaux-de-vie. Hungarian oak holds fewer tannins and breaks down hemicellulose quicker. The deep colors and floral tasting notes are leached out slowly and more evenly to perfect our blend of white grape varietals. Both are more tightly grained and less dense than American oak that yields a stronger roasted flavor, perfect for aging our whiskeys.

What kinds of grapes are used in your American Brandy?

We use a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, and Muscat grapes sourced from Columbia and Yakima valley vineyards. Chardonnay grapes are known for their buttery flavors and aroma of apple. The Riesling grapes give our blend the tasting notes of crème brûlée and the Muscat have a distinct floral aroma of honeysuckle.

Can I bring my kids or pets to the tasting room?

Unfortunately our tasting room is 21+ and we do not allow pets at this time.

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The Distillarium

2305 Industry Lane
Yakima, WA 98901
Tasting Room: 509.424.3386
Office: 509.426.2045

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Tasting Room Hours

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Wednesday - Saturday
Noon to 10pm

 

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