American Single Malt Whiskey, 'Distiller's Cut', Del Bac
Hamilton Distillers was founded by Stephen Paul and his daughter, Amanda. A professional woodworker/furniture maker and avid whiskey lover, Stephen sought the opportunity to combine his two passions and in 2006, he set forth on a journey that finally came to fruition in 2011. The name ‘Del Bac’ is a combination of Spanish & English, meaning ‘of the place where the river reappears in the sand.’ Del Bac is grain-to-glass, small batch, and single malt, with barley coming from both Arizona and Colorado. All malting is done in-house and aging takes place in 15-30 gallon barrels.
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Distiller’s Cut batch 19-1 was finished in ex-Madeira casks for one full year after the whiskey had reached maturity in first-use, American oak casks. The whiskey was rested an additional year in stainless steel. Less than 1% of mesquite-smoked ‘Dorado’ was added to the blend to integrate and lift the aromatics from the Madeira casks. The nose is complex and rich, with notes of roasted almond, sesame seeds, and caramelized fruit. The palate opens with a burst of baked shortbread, evolving into flavors of dried prunes and dates, and finally finishing in lengthy notes of apricot. 60.15% ABV.