Whiskey Del Bac Mesquite Smoked Dorado

Whiskey Del Bac Mesquite Smoked Dorado

(0.75l, 45%)

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A traditional Scottish-style Single Malt from the American Southwest that lets you taste the terroir in every sip.

The idea of crafting a Single Malt Whisky in the Southwest United States is crazy. But that is exactly the idea that inspired Stephen Paul and his daughter Amanda back in 2006. That’s when they started experimenting with a small, five-gallon alembic pot-still from Portugal while running his custom furniture business in Tucson, Arizona. By 2011 they had learned enough to take the next step, incorporating Hamilton Distillers and buying a forty-gallon still. Now they have a 500-gallon still and a full production house where they do everything on site — from malting to bottling — to produce their range of southwestern Single Malts.

Single Malts from Scotland dry their malted barley using various methods. The most famous are the "peated" malts which take on a very distinctive earthy-briny-iodine & ash aroma and flavor. The Great Sonoran Desert in Arizona is famous for using Mesquite wood to smoke everything from chili peppers to BBQ brisket. Stephen thought that using mesquite wood smoke to toast the malted barley would bring a unique Arizona style to the classic Scottish Whisky technique. Whiskey Del Bac Mesquite Smoked Dorado Single Malt is the fulfillment of that vision at 45% ABV without chill filtration.

Smartass Corner:
Hamilton Distillers uses a type of local mesquite wood called velvet mesquite — Prosopis Velutina — that grows wild in southern Arizona.
  • Category
  • Style
    American Single Malt Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Hamilton Distillers
  • Age
  • Chill Filtered?

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About The Flavor Spiral

black pepper
black tea
dark chocolate
What does Whiskey Del Bac Mesquite Smoked Dorado taste like?

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Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Ruddy Bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is uniquely theirs with wafting notes of mesquite and granola over dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, and a light fruit cup in the background.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor is almost savory with black pepper, a light desert smoke, black tea, a bit of caramel, and a distant floral note.

The finish is medium length, warm, and dry.

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Ratings & Reviews
An outstanding southwestern take on a Scottish single malt. The floral & caramel introduce themselves soft on the nose followed closely by the smoke, pepper, tobacco, & black tea that leaves intense profile though the finish. The dark chocolate at the very end tones down the spice to make it an outstanding choice & a new favorite!
Very nice. A sherry finish would make this a 9, I think. Oddly similar to Highland Park 12, which I enjoy. Might be just slightly overpriced, but at least worth a try at current pricing. I will probably pick up another bottle. It’s enough different from Scotch that it’s worth having as a conversation piece for whiskey fans or just to enjoy the occasional evening.
Almost peaty. Loverly.
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