Baller American Single Malt Whiskey

American-made. Japanese whiskey-inspired. Wholly original. With its crisp malt, delicate maple charcoal smoke, and tropical, sherry-like notes imparted by house-made umeshu finishing casks, Baller is a category of one. 

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Format: 750ml
ABV: 47%
Availability: Widely available

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Over-the-top delicious.

- Bloomberg

Perhaps America's most unique single malt. Immensely drinkable


This might be the best new spirit of the year, period.

- Supercall

Perfect sipped neat or on a rock or two... an intense crispness and ferocious burst of plum on the front, followed by a warm, slate-like dryness and lingering smokiness.

- Imbibe

An absolute pleasure… exactly the kind of whisk(e)y that I love and that keeps me in love with whisk(e)y.

- The Whiskey Wash

A bold, dry whiskey with subtle plum and smoky notes ideal for Japanese highballs and Scotch-style cocktails.


A meta whiskey, if there ever was one. While it has more than enough complexity to be sipped, it was made to be mixed in highballs and other cocktails.

- The Daily Beast

One of the most visionary whiskeys on the market.

- Spirited

A California take on Japanese whisky from one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious craft distillers, with a stunning label to match.

- Whisky Advocate

One of the Best New Spirits of 2016. Remarkably complex, starting off dry and a little smoky on the front of the tongue, then blooming into an explosion of fruit.

- Playboy

A category pioneer…fruity, smoky and singular

- Bon Apetit

Uniquely delicious...the depth of the palate is remarkable

- Food & Wine

The Spirit

Unlike any whiskey you’ve ever tasted: Baller epitomizes our passion for redefining spirits categories in ways that are both meaningful and unique.

What’s in it?

100% American barley

The Process

We start with 100% American barley (predominately two-row pale malted barley, the remainder is lightly roasted).

After distillation in our eau de vie pot stills, the whiskey is aged in used bourbon casks and French oak wine casks, as well as filtered through maple charcoal.

We then finish the whiskey in casks that had held house-made umeshu (a Japanese style of stone fruit liqueur we made entirely from California-grown ume fruit).

Master distiller Lance Winters did the art direction for the label, which re-imagines the legend of St. George as a samurai defending a barrel of whiskey against a dragon.

The Experience

Baller is crisp and dry on the nose with bright fruit and a hint of smoke. Tasting opens with a touch of malt sweetness and maple charcoal, then explodes into a burst of plum, mango, and lychee. The smoky finish lingers and builds with each sip.

With its layers of flavor, Baller is compelling sipped neat. The Shop Highball is what we order when we visit our friends at Ramen Shop. Baller’s unique aromatics add freshness and nuance to a Boulevardier. We also love it as a substitute for peated scotch in cocktails like the Penicillin.

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