Lost Spirits Abomination Merges Single Malt Style With Rapid Aging Tech - The Whiskey Wash

Lost Spirits Abomination Merges Single Malt Style With Rapid Aging Tech

By Nino Marchetti / August 15, 2016

Lost Spirits AbominationOk, deep breath, don’t beat down the rapid aging technology, don’t beat down the rapid aging technology…

California’s Lost Spirits, formerly a distillery that focused on traditional barrel aging of mostly well-received American single malts, recently moved to using its own specialized “reactor” rapid aging technology for its whiskey and rum. The results of this technology, both used in-house and sourced out to others, have already generated some buzz worthy bottlings such as Rattleback Rye (61.2% ABV, distilled from rye and barley, sherry-seasoned American oak used in their reactor) and Sugarland Distilling’s Time Machine Rye. Alongside these now comes word of a new single malt that brings Lost Spirits full circle, albeit in a new rapid technology sort of way.

Enter Lost Spirits Abomination. Bottled at 57% ABV, it was showcased alongside Rattleback Rye at the recent Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. What is know about this expression at this point is that it takes a 45-55 ppm imported peat malt, reportedly from Scotland, and throws it into their reactor along with late-harvest Riesling seasoned oak for a run around the rapid aging track.

Information appearing on the Lost Spirits website at this point doesn’t say how long this whiskey is rapidly aged, or what its age equivalent is said to be when held up against traditionally aged spirit. What we can tell you is that Abomination is seen as the “next chapter in the story that began with [their] Leviathan whiskey line in 2012.” That heavily peated grouping of American single malts and its related cousins, pretty much gone from retail now, sprouted an interesting range of bottlings at a time when American single malts were virtually non-existent.

It is thus very interesting to see Lost Spirits return to its roots with Abomination, and I have to admit I’m curious to see if this release will hold true to the legacy of the distillery’s previous bottlings. We will attempt to secure it for review when it hits store shelves, perhaps even tasting it alongside some of the older offerings. For now, here are official tastings for your consideration:

Color: Auburn to light mahogany

Nose: Peat smoked marmalade

Taste: Opens with sweet marmalade and fresh apricots, but quickly transitions to a classic peated malt profile with deep peat smoke, iodine and chocolate.

Finish: Wraps up with lingering coffee, dried apricots and lingering bonfire smoke.