Whiskey Del Bac Dorado Mesquite Smoked Single Malt
American Single Malt
Hamilton // Arizona, USA
Whiskey Del Bac Dorado is the flagship whiskey of family-run Hamilton Distillers in Tucson, Arizona. It is made from malted barley which is smoked using native mesquite wood, rather than peat. It's distilled twice in a 500-gallon copper pot-still and aged in American white oak barrels.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask TypeAmerican White Oak
"Like Del Bac's unaged whiskey, smoke is still dominant, though oak and dried chile, trailing spice in their wake, add to the complexity of the nose. Emerging on the palate is a nice smoky sweetness reminiscent of campfire-toasted s'mores to which a perverse adult has added a smear of chipotle en adobo. There's just enough smoke here to be distinctive without the iodine tang of an Islay or the vegetal funk of a single-varietal mezcal."