Mar 30, 2023
In this Mesquited, not Peated conversation with
Whiskey Del Bac Head Distiller Mark Vierthaler, some of the topics
we discuss include:
- What it takes for a spirit to be
called an “American Single Malt Whiskey,” a term that is currently
self-administered by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission,
but that’s on track for nationwide federal approval and regulation
by the TTB.
- A brief romp through some of the
controversies still yet to be resolved regarding the mandatory or
prohibited use of certain barrels and finishing techniques.
- The story of Whiskey Del Bac -
from esoteric Southwest-inspired furniture, to calibrating against
an iconic Scotch brand, to releasing some of the most innovative
and distinct American Single Malt offerings on today’s market.
- Mark also walks us through some
of the most important process-related decisions he and his team
manage, including precise malt smoking, narrow cuts to accommodate
small-format barrels, and the ever-crucial question of aging in the
desert, where temperatures fluctuate aggressively.
- We wrap up by featuring the
offerings in Whiskey Del Bac’s Global Cask Collection, including
their Frontera, Normandy, and Ode to Islay annual bottlings.
- Along the way, we pen a love
letter to the humble javelina, reenact one of the worst drams Eric
ever ordered at a bar, try our hand at designing the ultimate
distillery cat, and much, much more.
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