About Oola Chili Pepper Vodka
Situated in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood, Oola Distillery was founded by Kirby Kallas-Lewis as "a labor of love, intellectual curiosity and commitment to the neighborhood."
As a result of his commitment to his community, Kirby sources all of the ingredients used to craft Oola Chili Pepper Vodka from local farms. For instance, the white winter wheat used to make the vodka is harvested on a third-generation Washington family farm that is certified organic. Once the grains arrive at the distillery, they are milled and mashed before being distilled through Kirby's copper-pot still.
Following distillation, the vodka is infused with goathorn peppers sourced from the Yakima Valley and Thai chili peppers. The peppers give the vodka a rich and silky texture, and provide it with an aroma of black pepper, spices and warm vanilla. The aroma gives way to notes of crushed peppers, fresh mozzarella cheese and a hint of caramel. The finish is smooth and warm, with a burst of red pepper spices.
Oola Chili Pepper Vodka earned the Silver Medal at the New York International Spirits Competition, and is "highly recommended" by the Beverage Testing Institute.
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