The Best Local Liquor to Stock in Your Home Bar

By Seattle Mag

December 16, 2013

A.J. Rathbun and five of Seattle’s bar stars recommend their favorite local booze

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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!–paging_filter–pstrongTHE PANEL: /strongbrAndrew Friedman, Liberty BarbrAndrew Bohrer, Vinum ImportingbrCourtney Matzke, Rob RoybrKenaniah Bystrom, EssexbrAmanda Reed, Tavern LawbrA.J. rathbun, emSeattle /emmagazinebrbrspan style=”font-size: large;”strongVODKA/strong/spanbrstrongRain City Spirits Vodka /strong(SoDo; $22–$26, retail;a href=”http://www.drinkraincity.com” target=”_blank” drinkraincity.com/a)br“This is very solid vodka, great in martinis or Cosmopolitans. It doesn’t taste like ethanol, and has good balance.” em—Kenaniah Bystrom/em/p
pimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_rain_city_spirits_vodka-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”101″brbrstrongSeattle Distilling Company Rocket Vodka/strong (Vashon Island; $42; a href=”http://www.seattledistillingcompany.com/products.html” target=”_blank”seattledistillingcompany.com/a)br“With oodles of grain and spice flavor, and a delicate kiss of sweet on the finish, this vodka is made with Palouse-grown wheat.” em—A.J. Rathbun/em brimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_seattle_distilling_rocket_vodka-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”98″brstrongProject V Single Silo Vodka /strong(Woodinville; $29.99; a href=”http://www.projectvdistillery.com” target=”_blank”projectvdistillery.com/a)br“It is round and rich on the palate with a nice clean finish. It’s the perfect martini vodka and also great for mixing.” em—Amanda Reed br/em/p
pstrongimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_single_silo_vodka-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”86″brbrspan style=”font-size: large;”GIN/span/strongbrstrongSun Liquor Gun Club Gin/strong (Capitol Hill; $32; a href=”http://www.sunliquor.com” target=”_blank”sunliquor.com/a) “This gin’s higher proof brings an extra dimension in drinks. But the botanicals also still shine, and the spiciness makes this a great wintertime gin.”em —Courtney Matzke/embrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_sun_liquor_gun_club_gin-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”119″brbrstrongCaptive Spirits Big Gin/strong (Ballard; $30; a href=”http://www.captivespiritsdistilling.com” target=”_blank”captivespiritsdistilling.com/a) br“It has everything you want from a traditional gin. Juniper punches you in the face, the bitter orange wakes you up, the coriander romances you, and the Tasmanian pepperberry breaks your heart.” em—K.B./embrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_captive_spirits_biggin-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”131″brbrstrongPacific Distillery Voyager/strong (Woodinville; $32.99*; a href=”http://www.pacificdistillery.com” target=”_blank”pacificdistillery.com/a) “This really is the local go-to for a well-crafted cocktail and martini-friendly gin.” em—Andrew Friedman/em/p
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pspan style=”font-size: large;”strongWHISKEY/strong/span/p
pstrongGolden Distillery Samish Bay Single Malt Whiskey/strong (Bow; $39.95; a href=”http://www.goldendistillery.com” target=”_blank”goldendistillery.com/a) “Honey, vanilla, malt, brown sugar and oak notes make this whiskey dandy for sipping, as well as for using in cocktails.” em—A.J.R./embrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_golden_distillery_single_malt_whiskey-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”144″brstrongWoodinville Whiskey Microbarrelled Bourbon/strong (Woodinville, $49.95; a href=”http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com” target=”_blank”woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/a) “By the time you read this, Woodinville will have released their first full-sized barrel bourbon. From all reports, it’ll be as smooth as the small-barrel version, with even more flavor.” em—Andrew Bohrer/embrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_woodinville_whiskey-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”182″brstrongWestland Distillery American Single Malt Whiskey/strong (SoDo; $55; a href=”http://www.westlanddistillery.com” target=”_blank”westlanddistillery.com/a) “A new and much anticipated entry into the local market, this whiskey has floral notes mingling with its muscularity. It could well be America’s first great single malt whiskey.” em—A.F./em/p
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pspan style=”font-size: large;”strongLIQUEURS/strong/spanstrongbrLetterpress Distillery Limoncello/strong (SoDo; $32.95; a href=”http://www.letterpressdistilling.com” target=”_blank”letterpressdistilling.com/a) “A smidge sweeter than what you might get from your Italian grandmother, but with brilliant lemon flavor. This really is a great example of an internationally made product, but done terrifically well here in Seattle.” em—A.F. /embrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_letterpress_distillery_lemoncello-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”109″brstrongSound Spirits Depth Crème de Cacao/strong (Interbay; $45; a href=”http://www.drinksoundspirits.com” target=”_blank”drinksoundspirits.com/a) “Using chocolate nibs from local hit Fran’s Chocolates during the distilling process, this has a subtle and lovely chocolate flavor that will change how you think about chocolate liqueurs.” em—A.J.R./embrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_sound_spirits_depth_creme_de_cacao-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”108″brstrongSidetrack Distillery Fruit Liqueurs/strong (Kent, $20, 350-milliliter bottle;a href=”http://www.sidetrackdistillery.com” target=”_blank” sidetrackdistillery.com/a) “Sidetrack makes a line of fruit liqueurs and eau de vie that are delicious. Picked and infused from fresh fruit, these liqueurs are bright and elegant.” em—A.R./embrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_sidetrack_blackberry_liqueur-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”74″img src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/12_13_sidetrack_rasberry_liqueur-final.jpg” style=”vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;” height=”300″ width=”70″brbrbr/p

 

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