LIHUE DRENT 201809071-20

Planted on June 9th, 2018 this heirloom, 90 day bourbon corn enjoyed a great summer of growth at our personal farm in Lihue.  It wasn’t without its challenges, though.  We were fortunate to have survived hurricane Lane in late August, hungry ear worms, wild pig, and droves of parakeets that sought to consume our crop.  Special mahalo to Boyd and Gaylene Gayagas at Grove Farm for their eradication efforts.  They saved a lot of our crop from the parakeets.

Harvest day finally arrived at the Lihue farm on Friday, September 7th.  Having pulled in over 300 bushels from Koloa the day before it looks as if the total in Lihue may exceed that amount.  Great news for the distillery as we will be able to make more bourbon than originally planned!

5 GALLON BARRELS 201809071-17  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 2018090718-23  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 2018090724-36  Contains our first small barrel, micro aged lots of bourbon in thirteen 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 2018090737-53  Contains our first small barrel, micro aged lots of bourbon in seventeen 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 2018090754-63 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 ten 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.