KOLOA KILLERMAN 201809061-40

Harvest day arrived as the Koloa corn reached a perfect 23% moisture content.  And the orange and yellow candy corn looking kernels tasted great!  The old John Deere also made it through the day with only a few slipped belts and some minor repairs along the way.  Not bad for a 1970’s machine!  Many thanks to farmer Scott Bloemke for a job well done.  After a close call from Hurricane Lane, and a hungry population of local parakeets the crop survived the season.  Next time we see this Koloa corn it will be in the form of Kapahi bourbon!

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Left to right:  Les with operations manager, Tai Erum, and farm manager, Trevyn Pless.

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Left to right:  Trevyn Pless, Adam Killerman, and Les Drent

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Kimo, left, did the hauling and Scott Bloemke ran the combine.
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Tai and Tokyo on parakeet duty after a long day of managing the business.

5 GALLON BARRELS 201809061-17  Contains our first small barrel, micro aged lots of bourbon in seventeen 5 gallon barrels and is intended for release no sooner than in the Spring of 2019, or when we determine it is ready.  We will continue to update each 5 to 30 gallon barrel on this page and attempt to identify the tasting characteristics of each small barrel as they age over time.  When we first started the research and development of Kauai bourbon in 2014 it was all produced in small lots through a 50 gallon process that included a 50 gallon stripping still, and 26 gallon column spirit still.  Naturally, and because we never produced runs that could fill full 53 gallon barrels, we turned to smaller barrels ranging in size from 1 gallon to 5 gallon.  The result was nothing less than amazing as aging times ranged from 45 days to 6 months.  At that point we figured our bourbon could only get better in larger casks.  Still, it is the smaller barrel and micro aging that led the way in the early days, and it would be a mistake to not feature it as one of our selections.

10 GALLON BARRELS 2018090618-23  Contains our first small barrel, micro aged lots of bourbon in six 10 gallon barrels and is intended for release in the Summer of 2019, or when we determine it is ready.  We will continue to update each 5 to 30 gallon barrel on this page and attempt to identify the tasting characteristics of each small barrel as they age over time.  When we first started the research and development of Kauai bourbon in 2014 it was all produced in small lots through a 50 gallon process that included a 50 gallon stripping still, and 26 gallon column spirit still.  Naturally, and because we never produced runs that could fill full 53 gallon barrels, we turned to smaller barrels ranging in size from 1 gallon to 5 gallon.  The result was nothing less than amazing as aging times ranged from 45 days to 6 months.  At that point we figured our bourbon could only get better in larger casks.  Still, it is the smaller barrel and micro aging that led the way in the early days, and it would be a mistake to not feature it as one of our selections.

15 GALLON BARRELS 2018090624-36  Contains our first small barrel, micro aged lots of bourbon in four 15 gallon barrels and is intended for release no sooner than in the Fall of 2019, or when we determine it is ready.  We will continue to update each 5 to 30 gallon barrel on this page and attempt to identify the tasting characteristics of each small barrel as they age over time.  When we first started the research and development of Kauai bourbon in 2014 it was all produced in small lots through a 50 gallon process that included a 50 gallon stripping still, and 26 gallon column spirit still.  Naturally, and because we never produced runs that could fill full 53 gallon barrels, we turned to smaller barrels ranging in size from 1 gallon to 5 gallon.  The result was nothing less than amazing as aging times ranged from 45 days to 6 months.  At that point we figured our bourbon could only get better in larger casks.  Still, it is the smaller barrel and micro aging that led the way in the early days, and it would be a mistake to not feature it as one of our selections.

30 GALLON BARRELS 2018090637-53  Contains our first small barrel, micro aged lots of bourbon in two 30 gallon barrels and is intended for release no sooner than the Summer of 2020, or when we determine it is ready.  We will continue to update each 5 to 30 gallon barrel on this page and attempt to identify the tasting characteristics of each small barrel as they age over time.  When we first started the research and development of Kauai bourbon in 2014 it was all produced in small lots through a 50 gallon process that included a 50 gallon stripping still, and 26 gallon column spirit still.  Naturally, and because we never produced runs that could fill full 53 gallon barrels, we turned to smaller barrels ranging in size from 1 gallon to 5 gallon.  The result was nothing less than amazing as aging times ranged from 45 days to 6 months.  At that point we figured our bourbon could only get better in larger casks.  Still, it is the smaller barrel and micro aging that led the way in the early days, and it would be a mistake to not feature it as one of our selections.

53 GALLON BARRELS 2018090654-63 Our Kauai grown corn is blended with premium North American grains to create a wonderfully complex and titillating Hawaiian American bourbon.  Containing our first 530 gallons of bourbon these 53 gallon new American Oak, Char #3 barrels are intended for a lengthy aging of no less than 2 years.  We will continue to update each barrel on this page and attempt to identify the tasting characteristics of each as they progress.