Before we left for our trip back in October last year, I made reservations for the tour and tasting at Ocean Vodka Ocean Vodka Farm and Distillery. Tours are easily booked online here. The great news about the tour was that they had just recently started vodka tastings at their facility. Now you could finally taste the product after seeing how it’s made. The tour costs 10 dollars a person and includes the tasting and a souvenir shot gass, but if you visit Ali’i Kula Lavender farm like we did here, pick up a flyer there, and save 5 bucks per person! Also if you mention you saw their add in Hana Hou magazine (on flights on Hawaiian Airlines), they include a free chocolate truffle tasting. Also follow them on Facebook or Twitter for some special recognition. Love the power of social media for saving money and getting extra goodies! It doesn’t hurt to try!
It was our last full day on Maui (sad face) at that point, and we had 10am reservations at their facility in Kula. At 9:30 we drove to Kula from Wailuku, where we had breakfast, and checked into their new facility.
We showed the super friendly proprietress our vouchers, coupons, etc. and she was just as excited about them as I was! The free truffles we sampled were a unique treat. They were made with Surfing Goat Dairy cheese and a splash of ocean vodka. I think I got the lillikoi one. The chocolate was rich and the filling creamy with a hint of goat cheese and lillikoi (passionfruit).
We started our tour inside the gift shop (where you check-in) with a sampling of two types of fresh sugar cane. You chew the bark of the cane and suck out the juices. You then can throw away the fibrous pulp. The sugar cane was juicy, sweet and refreshing. Mmmm.
We then headed outside for our tour. The weather was really crazy today, but you could still see the views were amazing at the factory. Our super tour guide took us around the different sugar cane trees and explained the history of the company and the types of cane they are growing. They are proud to be a certified organic farm which equals organic vodka!
After touring the grounds outside, we went into the distillery itself to view how they produce and bottle the vodka. It’s interesting to see that the water they use is Hawaiian Deep Sea water which is supposed to have a lot of minerals. Our tour guide was fantastic, she was really informative and super friendly too.
Then came the part everyone was waiting for…the Tasting!
There was a cute little tasting stand set up and they poured vodka into tall shot glasses, They had us taste together different ways one just to get used to the spirit (which was strong), then we added some (deep sea) water, and you could taste the various nuances of the vodka. I’m not a vodka expert but I thought it was good, and probably really nice in a mixed drink!
BTW, the tall shot glasses were for the tastings only. Back in the gift shop you could pick up your free smaller shot glass.
Despite the crazy weather we had a super fun tour made only better by the tasting! I highly recommend this if you like your vodka…or just foodie tours in general. On the way out you can leave gratuity for your guide as well as pick up your shot glass at the gift shop. I love tours with food or drink. Right up my alley!Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, 4051 Omaopio Rd. Kula, HI 96790
Open 7 days a week from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Tours booked here.BTW, a big MAHALO to all – my blog has reached a milestone 10,000 visitors! I never thought I’d get 100 let alone 10,000 visitors. Thank you!! ALOHA!