Lost Lantern, the independent bottler of American whiskey that launched a year ago, will celebrate the upcoming holidays with its first Winter Whiskey Wednesday drop, a release that will take place on the first Wednesday of December every year.
Lost Lantern Co-Founders Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski said that while they don’t normally reveal release dates far in advance, whiskey enthusiasts can expect a Lost Lantern winter drop timed to the holiday season the first Wednesday of December every year.
“This release, beginning with our Winter 2021 collection, will include some of our most exciting whiskies of the year, selected with celebration, cold weather, and gift giving in mind,” Ganley-Roper said.
The Winter 2021 collection features three limited-edition single casks, available exclusively via Seelbachs.com starting Dec. 1, and on LostLanternWhiskey.com at a later date. All are bottled at cask strength, are non-chill-filtered, and have natural color.
- 2021 Single Cask #6, McCarthy’s 6 Year Old Oregon Peated Single Malt (248 btls): SRP, $140
- 2021 Single Cask #7 Smooth Ambler West Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey (195 btls): SRP, $80
- 2021 Single Cask #8 Starlight Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey (211 btls): SRP, $70
Blake Riber, founder of Seelbach’s, said in a prepared statement, “We’re thrilled to have the exclusive Lost Lantern Winter Collection … Most of their fall release sold out before we even had a chance to announce it. Lost Lantern is pushing the boundaries for independent bottlers in American whiskey.”
In this collection, all three of the distilleries and the states they reside are new additions to Lost Lantern’s single cask lineup.
“Clear Creek has been making McCarthy’s for over 20 years and has a well-deserved cult following,” said Lost Lantern’s co-founders. “Smooth Ambler is best known for sourcing and blending but has also been distilling their own whiskey for years, so we’re excited to present their own West Virginia-distilled wheated bourbon. Finally, Starlight showcases Southern Indiana’s terroir, climate, and agriculture and is quickly becoming one of the darlings of bourbon drinkers.”
Lost Lantern released 10 single casks in its first year and debuted five more on their one-year anniversary in October. All were hand-picked from: Santa Fe Spirits (NM), Cedar Ridge (IA), New York Distilling Company (NY), Ironroot Republic (TX), Whiskey Del Bac (AZ), Balcones (TX), Watershed (OH), Boulder Spirits (CO), Spirit Works (CA), and St. George Spirits (CA).
Single casks are an essential piece of the Lost Lantern model, inspired by the tradition of independent bottlers in Scotland.
Lost Lantern’s flagship blend, American Vatted Malt Edition No. 1 (SRP $120) still remains in limited quantity. It was created with independent, craft distillery American single malts (Balcones in TX, Copperworks in WA, Santa Fe Spirits in NM, Triple Eight in MA, Westward in OR, and Virginia Distillery Co. in VA).
Lost Lantern’s Winter 2021 Single Cask Collection blender’s notes:
2021 Single Cask #6: McCarthy’s 6 Year Old Oregon Peated Single Malt
(248 btls | 111.2 Proof): SRP, $140
McCarthy’s is arguably the first American single malt, and this single cask, aged for six years, is one of the oldest McCarthy’s whiskies ever released. Made from U.K. barley malted with Islay peat, it was fermented, distilled, and aged in Oregon. Single Cask #6 was aged in a 228-liter 3rd-fill Oregon oak cask with a medium toast and medium char. This whiskey’s deep smokiness, savory notes of smoked meats and leather, and balance of oak and French vanilla will enthrall lovers of peated single malt.
2021 Single Cask #7: Smooth Ambler West Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(195 btls | 124.2 Proof): SRP, $80
Smooth Ambler has long been on the vanguard of sourcing and blending whiskey with transparency and integrity. They’ve also been distilling and aging their own whiskey all along as they forge a new whiskey tradition in West Virginia. This is Lost Lantern’s first wheated bourbon selection, distilled on Smooth Ambler’s own column still in West Virginia. It was aged in a 53-gallon barrel for 5 years. The nose has notes of dried ginger, clove, and rosehips, while the palate bursts with dark chocolate, candied walnut, and robust oak flavors.
2021 Single Cask #8: Starlight Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey
(211 btls | 113.2 Proof): SRP, $70
Starlight Distillery is part of Huber’s Orchard & Winery, an Indiana institution since 1843. While Starlight is just across the Ohio River from Kentucky and about 20 miles from Louisville, the climate, conditions, and culture are quite distinct from their counterparts to the south. This straight rye whiskey was aged for 4 years in a 53-gallon barrel. Made with 85% locally grown rye and 15% malted barley, it has a robust rye spice, with notes of cardamom, molasses, burnt caramel, and lemon zest.
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