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Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye




Whiskey Review: Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye

Tasting Notes:

A blend of straight rye whiskeys brings together expressions from five Midwest American whiskey makers. It is bottled at 121.6 proof and is priced at $100.
This has a lovely and classic amber color in the glass, delivering nice viscosity and legs.
The aromatics here are fresh and vibrant, showcasing classic rye spice, baked bread, and fresh grass notes. Supporting these are hints of gingerbread, dark chocolate, maple, and a little oak.
This is like someone opened the rye spigot and just left it on, but they also added some other things to consider on the palate. The rye spice and baked bread go on seemingly forever on the feel, carrying considerations of gingerbread, molasses, fresh pears, a nudge of maple, and a little kiss of oak.
This finishes clean and spicy, with a subtle sweet undertone that lingers on the back throat before a moderate fadeout.
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye does a solid job showcasing what some of the best Midwest American ryes not named MGP can do when blended. The rye flavors here vary somewhat due to supporting secondary grains in the respective mashbills, but overall, rye lovers will really enjoy this.
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye review
We review Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye, blended from five American craft whiskey makers out of the Midwest. (image via Lost Lantern Whiskey)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

Lost Lantern is among the small but growing number of independent American whiskey bottlers in today’s market. The company, based out of Vermont, is known for pairing up with select American craft whiskey makers, sourcing barrels from them to use in their single-cask releases and blended whiskeys, all of which showcase prominently as much information as can be revealed about where these spirits are coming from.

Lost Lantern tends to do its release cycles quarterly, with one of the most recent being its Spring 2024 collection, focusing on whiskey from the Midwest.

“The Midwest is one of the most exciting and dynamic whiskey regions in the United States, yet it’s one that whiskey drinkers often overlook,” said Lost Lantern Co-Founder Nora Ganley-Roper at the time of its release a few months back. “Other regions like the Pacific Northwest and Texas may have a higher profile, but distilleries across the Midwest are making truly wonderful, world-class whiskies. This is especially true for bourbon and rye, and we’ve found that many of the best whiskies of the Midwest exhibit a complex yet soft and creamy character.

“Lost Lantern’s Midwest Collection is designed to showcase some of these whiskies and help whiskey lovers explore a region that has truly come into its own.”

What’s in the bottle

At the heart of the Lost Lantern Spring 2024 Collection is the Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye. The brand’s first blend of straight rye whiskeys, it brings together offerings ranging from four to nine years old from five of the finest distilleries in the region: Cedar Ridge (IA), Middle West Spirits (OH), Starlight Distillery (IN), Tom’s Foolery Distillery (OH), and Wollersheim Distillery (WI).

Lost Lantern Far-Flung Rye, bottled at 121.6 proof, is priced at $100.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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