American Single Malt Whiskey [Dorado, Mesquite Smoked], Del Bac

Hamilton Distillers was founded by Stephen Paul and his daughter Amanda. A professional woodworker/furniture maker and avid whiskey lover, Stephen yearned for the opportunity to marry his two passions and in 2006 set forth on the journey that wouldn’t come to fruition until 2011.
The name “Del Bac” is a combination of Spanish & English, meaning “of the place where the river reappears in the sand.” Del Bac “Classic” is grain to glass, small batch, single malt, small batch, with barley coming from both Arizona and Colorado. All malting is done in house and again takes place in 15-30 gallon barrels.

United States
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Tasting Notes

Whiskey Del Bac “Dorado” is double distilled in a 500 gallon copper pot still using a 100% barley malt mash bill, just like their “Classic”.  The malt is dried using mesquite instead of peat, as there are no peat bogs in Arizona.  This idea is what spawned Stephen Paul’s entire endeavor, conceptualized while drinking Scotch, while BBQ, smoked with mesquite scraps left over from building furniture.  Modeled after an Islay Scotch, the mesquite smoke gives a softer impression of smoke on the palate than the more astringent peated Scotches.

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