Went to two distilleries today, Woodinville Whiskey Company and Sound Spirits; what a contrast! WWC looks to be the type of outfit I would aspire to own: technical, controlled, everything locked down. It helps that the associate distiller is a High Power competitor (this is what bill boarding for high-end firearms products gets you; I’m sure a Lorcin hat would attract attention, but a LaRue or Gemtech hat attracts better attention), as well as highly knowledgeable about distilling. They’re vertically integrated and produce high-quality spirits.
Sound Spirits is a much lower volume place; they produce gin and aquavit, as well as some liqueurs and vodka. It’s also way more laid-back, and is probably the type of place I’d enjoy working for. It’s nice to have a distillery cat to keep the rodentia down (being near the water does have downsides), but I don’t know if telling people on a tour that’s the cat’s job is wise. That said, it’s also the type of operation I could probably fund. Small, batch process.
I will point out that I picked up a couple bottles from Sound Spirits, and I skipped WWC. None of the spirits from WWC appealed to me, even if the miles of polished copper tubing did.