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Whiskey Del Bac Frontera

CAPSULE REVIEW

Classification: Malt Finished in Sherry Casks

Company: Hamilton Distillers

Distillery: Hamilton Distillers

Release Date: May 2022 (Annual Release)

Proof: 95

Age: NAS, Finished for 13 Months

Mashbill: 100% Malt

Color: Rose Gold

MSRP: $90 (2022)

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NOSE

Dark plum | Raisin | Burnt toffee | Pomegranate molasses | Intensely dark & rich

palate

Raisin | Fig | Pomegranate molasses | Potent with a thin mouthfeel

finish

Roasted Malt | Plum | Dry leather | Hot

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Opening with a wonderfully intense dark aroma turns out to be this whiskey’s true standout trait. Propped up on a foundation of dark plum, scents of raisin and pomegranate molasses dominate. Transitioning to the palate is a lateral move as the two have much in common. Lacking much sweetness adds to the whiskey's potency. Despite this, the whiskey sports a surprisingly thin mouthfeel for the amount of dark flavors it packs in, The finish in turn is dominated by roasted malt and is noticeably hot under the collar. This amplifies its dry leather note and ends the whiskey on a weak note.

Whiskey Del Bac is known for their unique tasting malt whiskey and I was curious how it would play with the Pedro Ximénez Sherry botas. What I was confronted with was definitely unfamiliar. It’s noticeably hot for 95 proof and it largely works against the best parts of this whiskey. Frontera is an honorable attempt from Hamilton Distillers to offer something new and exotic, but the final product struggles. Whiskey Del Bac’s malt has a distinct kick to it, which makes it stand out from its contemporaries, but it also might be the reason it's conflicting with its sherry finish. As an annual release, it will be interesting how Frontera changes with each subsequent release.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

June 16, 2022
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