Whiskey Del Bac Mesquited Arizona Single Malt Refill Oak #1
Three sides of the desert: Smoky
This is the first in a trio of casks we selected from Whiskey Del Bac in Tucson, Arizona. The distillery’s founder, Stephen Paul, used to make ornate furniture out of mesquite wood. Now Whiskey Del Bac uses that same mesquite wood to smoke barley. The distillery is a pioneer in this process, a distinctly Southwestern take on the long tradition of peat-smoked barley. You’ve heard of peated single malt. This is mesquited single malt.
This whiskey was made from 100% malted barley, 60% of which was smoked with mesquite wood. It was aged in a used cask for 2 years and is the most savory of the three casks we’ve selected. It has a leathery, smoky flavor, like burnt embers on a grill, but with a rich herbal note that keeps the whiskey in balance. Big, very smoky, and extremely distinctive.
Single Cask #5: Whiskey Del Bac Arizona Single Malt
Age: 2 years
Quantity produced: 66 bottles
Details: Cask strength; Non-chill filtered; no color added
This whiskey is still available in select stores in California.
- Mashbill — 60% Mesquite smoked malt, 40% unsmoked malt, all malted on site
- Maturation Barrel Info — 2nd fill American oak; old very smoky experimental cask
- Maturation Barrel Size — 15 gallons
- Finishing Barrel Info — N/A
- Length of Secondary Maturation/Finishing — N/A
- Age of Spirit — 2 years, 4 days
ALSO FROM THIS DISTILLER:
- Type: Single Cask
- Pour: Neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail
- Glass: glencairn or tumbler
About Whiskey Del Bac
Located in one of the hottest cities in the United States, Tucson, Arizona-based Whiskey Del Bac is a truly unique distillery. The distillery’s founder, Stephen Paul, used to make ornate furniture out of mesquite wood. Now, Whiskey Del Bac uses mesquite wood to smoke barley. This is a distinctly Southwestern take on the long worldwide tradition of smoked whiskies. Whiskey Del Bac’s mesquite-smoked whiskies (as well as its unsmoked whiskies) are all aged in the uniquely hot and dry climate of the Sonoran Desert, resulting in one of the country’s most distinctive American single malts.