Awarded a Double Gold in the 2015

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

J.P. Trodden Distilling is dedicated to the high standards of distilling Bourbon Whiskey and only Bourbon Whiskey.

Our taste is on the nose, bold, and rich with an inviting spiciness and caramel, oak, anise and stone fruit left on the palate. Since bourbon is a uniquely American Spirit, we take pride in the fact we have sourced our equipment from the US as well. From our copper alambic pot still made in Eugene, OR, to our oak barrels from Hodgenville, Kentucky, to our glass bottles made in Tennessee. Each small batch is hand crafted, from the milling of our exceptional local grains from a small family farm in Quincy, Washington to the careful attention in aging that creates our unique Spirit.

There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living - Nelson Mandela

My life as a chef and restaurant executive never felt small, but never felt big enough to suit me. So while nearing 50 what to do next? What challenges lay ahead? Where would the real passion be? What would be the life I was capable of living?

While Jennifer and I pondered this one fall evening in 2009 over a glass of exceptional wine she stumbled upon a full page ad for Tito’s Vodka in a magazine………….hmmm….a spark, an idea. “What about distilling?” she threw out. Something stirred, something moved deep down in us both and we knew she had found the answer. In the days and weeks that followed all the answers flowed smoothly. “What would we create?” Bourbon of course. It is the true American spirit and a road less traveled. It drew us in. “What to call our endeavor?” J.P. Trodden of course, for my grandfather, the man dedicated to making friends and sharing whiskey with each of them. A man who never settled for playing small. “How would we do it?” In our own unique style, our way, owing nothing to anyone no matter what, never settling for less than we are capable of.

Four years later we introduced our small batch Bourbon to the rest of the world. We are proud to say it is more than well received. We are proud to say it is exceptional. We are proud to say it is full of passion. We are proud to share it with folks like you, our friends.

Mark Nesheim, Distiller and Owner.
Jennifer Seversen, Owner and Muse

JP Trodden grew up in north central Washington in a region called The Okanagan, where his father was the very first mail carrier. JP took over this mail route, called “The Star Route”, during Prohibition in the early 1930’s. The Star Route actually crossed back and forth over the Canadian border, where spirits were still being sold...and enjoyed.

Being a generous and thirsty man himself, JP was known to stash a few bottles of brown liquor in his mailbag, to share with his friends. Not a bootlegger, mind you, just a kind man helping his friends through a long, dry spell.

These spirits were shared in cabin number 5 on the Star Route, a cabin we still own today. But the brown spirits being enjoyed there now are strictly those that honor the namesake, J.P. Trodden Small Batch Bourbon.


We commonly get asked the question, “You know you can’t call this Bourbon if it’s not made in Kentucky, right?”? Well, not exactly. Bourbon simply needs to be made in the United States, to some exacting standards, including:

Bourbon must be made from at least 51% corn. Whiskey, however, can be made from 100% Rye. wheat, corn, you name it.

It also must be aged for a minimum of 2 years in NEW chared oak barrels…

Bourbon cannot have any flavors, coloring or additives of any kind added to the product before it is bottled.

Must be distilled to no more than 160 proof (80% alcohol by volume)

Bourbon must be entered into barrel again at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume) and be bottled at 80 proof or more.


We invite you to come and  see us at the source. The Distillery and Tasting Room are open most Saturdays from 12-5 (unless Saturday falls on a major holiday). We are located at 18646 142nd Ave NE, Woodinville, WA, 98072.  Please email us if you would like to schedule a private tour or tasting.

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For more information contact Mark Nesheim.


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