Last night, I had the chance to meet Don & Linda Outterson, the owners of Woodstone Creek. They were offering tastings of their wines and spirits at a fundraising event for the Leukemia Society.
I found them both to be friendly and gracious people, dedicated to their craft. They both work full-time jobs in addition to their distillery / winery business.
Don and I talked briefly about their Straight Bourbon. He is focused on collecting and replicating old spirits recipes and production techniques. He pointed out the his bourbon has the minimum of 51% corn, allowing the malted wheat, rye, and barley to have more of an influence. It is also barreled at a relatively low 107 entry proof. He's got a number of barrels aging and I look forward to seeing how this whiskey matures.
Given the crowds at the event, our visit was short. I plan on dropping by his winery / distillery for on of the Saturday afternoon tastings. (Unfortunately, Ohio law currently restricts spirit tastings).