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Paniolo Blended Whiskey Review

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When you start with something as pure as All-American Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, then finely tune it with just the right amount of our Maui Gold Pineapple distillate, you end up with a blended whiskey that any whiskey connoisseur would be proud to drinkMark Nigbur, Hali'imaile Distilling Company's Master Distiller
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  • DISTILLER: Hali’imaile Distilling Company, Hali’imaile, Hawaii (Maui)
  • MASH BILL: 3-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, blended with Hali’imaile Distilling’s Maui Gold Pineapple Distillate. The distillery would not reveal the source of the bourbon.
  • AGE: Aged 3 years after blending.
  • YEAR: 2016
  • PROOF: 80(40% ABV)
  • MSRP: $44.00
NOSE: Brown Sugar  |  Pineapple  |  Vanilla

TASTE: Vanilla  |  Hint of Brown Sugar  |  Pineapple  |  Wood

FINISH: The finish was very short and a little thin probably due to the low proof. It leaves a slight hint of pineapple on the tongue.

SHARE WITH: Assuming you can get a bottle I would share this with friends. I can see myself sitting on a beach in Hawaii sipping on this or passing around a bottle. Reminds me of a tropical beach. If you are an experienced bourbon drinker and like high proof bourbons, this might not fit your bill.

WORTH THE PRICE: The MSRP is $44.00. Certainly worth trying if you are in Hawaii or want to bring one back.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: With no distribution deals in place on the mainland and Hawaiian retail laws that prohibit the shipment of alcohol out of state, it’s virtually impossible to get a bottle on the mainland. If you are in Hawaii however it would be worth a try.

OVERALL: The nose on this whiskey is brown sugar for days. Unfortunately, it gets lost some on the palate which is a little thin. I do taste hints of pineapple, however. I could see myself sitting on a beach in Hawaii sipping on this whiskey and therefore the distillery has met their goal. Not something that I would want to drink every day but occasionally as a summer sipper, or at the beach, it would be refreshing. day with friends.

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A work colleague and friend from Hawaii, brought a bottle of this with her when she came to the east coast. We keep the bottle in a desk drawer for toasting contract awards. After reading the label and noticing the fact that it is three-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon I decided a more in-depth look was in order. While not available on the mainland US, they are looking for distributors. Those bourbon drinkers headed to Hawaii should give this a try.

According to their website, “Hali’imaile Distilling Company produces handcrafted, locally made, authentic Hawaiian brand spirits. We are located in the heart of Maui’s pineapple region, Upcountry Makawao, Maui. Our goal is to create ‘Hawaii in a Bottle.’”

Paniolo Blended Whiskey was created as a tribute to the Hawaiian Cowboy. Again from the website: “In the late 18th Century King Kamehameha the First was gifted cattle by Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy. Mexican Vaqueros were brought to the Hawaiian Islands to control the cattle and break the Pupule (wild horses). These Vaqueros embraced the Hawaiian tradition and became known as Paniolo. In the Spirit of the Hawaiian Cowboy, Paniolo Whiskey brings mainland history and Island Tradition together once again.”

About the Author
Lee Stang

Lee Stang


Lee’s bourbon journey started with one mistaken gulp of bourbon and coke as an eight-year-old. While bourbon was always part of his life, Lee followed a beer, wine path for the most part until a bartender poured him a taste of Buffalo Trace about ten years ago. It was at that point Lee’s love of bourbon really took off. Not only does Lee enjoy a good pour of bourbon but he is more than willing and excited to talk about it. Lee believes that bourbon, and for that matter all spirits, is enhanced by the experience of good company, good conversation and good bars. The combination leads to great stories. Say hi to him when you see him. Lee lives in Leesburg, VA, with his wife, best friend, and drinking partner, Patti. You might find her having a bourbon as well. Both Lee and Patti like to read mystery thrillers and travel. Most likely the travel leads to visits to new bars.

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