Whiskey Del Bac Mesquited Arizona Single Malt New Oak
Three sides of the desert: Spicy
This is the third 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.
Like our other casks selected from Whiskey Del Bac, this whiskey was made with 100% malted barley, 60% of which was smoked with mesquite wood. Unlike the other two, it was aged in a new oak cask. For that reason, even after just a year in the desert, it is the most oak-driven of the three and has an intensely spicy, herbal flavor, with bold oak and baking spice.
Single Cask #7: Whiskey Del Bac Arizona Single Malt
Age: 1 year
Quantity produced: 66 bottles
Details: 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 — New American oak, char 3
- Maturation Barrel Size — 15 gallons
- Finishing Barrel Info — N/A
- Length of Secondary Maturation/Finishing — N/A
- Age of Spirit — 1 year, 2 months, 6 days
ALSO FROM THIS DISTILLER:
- Type: Single Cask
- Pour: Neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail
- Glass: glencairn or snifter
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.