Seeking and curating the best American whiskey
Our founders, Nora and Adam, spent a year traveling across the United States in search of great whiskey. They criss-crossed the country, visiting distilleries in dozens of states, and meeting the brave founders and distillers who bet their livelihoods for a chance to make whiskey… often in places where spirits haven’t been made in a hundred years or more.
The best whiskey reflects where it’s made, how it’s made, what it’s made from, and who made it. Lost Lantern’s mission is to shine a light on those whiskies and the independent spirits who make them.
We searched for and found the brightest lights in American distilling from all across the country. Our carefully chosen casks will help you discover them too.
Our blends are meticulously created from whiskies sourced from multiple distilleries, intended to reveal the breadth of what American whiskey can be.
One of a kind
Everything we release is limited, often to a single cask. Our whiskies are snapshots of moments in time. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Our one-of-a-kind whiskies
American Vatted Malt Edition No. 1
2022 Single Cask #1: Smooth Ambler
2022 Single Cask #2: Westward Whiskey
2022 Single Cask #4: Spirit Works
2022 Single Cask #5: McCarthy’s
2022 Single Cask #6: Frey Ranch
2022 Single Cask #7: Starlight Distillery
2022 Single Cask #8: Dad’s Hat
2022 Single Cask #9: Dad’s Hat
2022 Single Cask #10: St. George
2022 Single Cask #11: Balcones
2021 Single Cask #1: Cedar Ridge
2021 Single Cask #2: Watershed Distillery
2021 Single Cask #4: Spirit Works
2021 Single Cask #6: McCarthy’s
2021 Single Cask #8: Starlight Distillery
Private Cask: Westward Port Cask Finished Single Malt
Private Cask: Boulder Spirits Single Malt
An American Independent Bottler
Scotland has a long tradition of independent bottlers that buy casks from a wide variety of distilleries and release single casks and blends. These have often been the only way to access single malts from many distilleries whose whiskey only goes into big-name blends. In the United States, there’s a similar situation, but for a very different reason: there are now around 2,000 distilleries in the U.S., at least half of which are making whiskey. And that’s way more than any one person could try.
That’s why we thought this was the right time to launch an independent bottler in the United States, inspired by the Scottish model. Great whiskey is being made all across the country, and we shine a light on the distilleries making it.
The Great Whiskey Road Trip
We launched Lost Lantern with an eight-month road trip across the United States, visiting nearly a hundred distilleries all around the country. We met with the founders and distillers, saw how they make their whiskey, learned what drives them, and shared our own vision. It was the perfect way to explore the full landscape of American whiskey. It’s part of our commitment to only buy casks from distilleries that we have visited in person. And our travels have just begun!
Keep up to date with our blog
Wine Enthusiast — Is the Best Bourbon Really From Kentucky? Maybe Not
We know this is going to generate controversy, so let’s just lean right in: the top-scoring bourbon this month isn’t from Kentucky—it’s a single cask made in Boulder, Colorado.
InsideHook — Review: Lost Lantern Is Pushing the Boundaries of American Whiskey
What we’re drinking: The latest single cask collection from independent bottlers Lost Lantern, including collaborative releases with craft distillers Smooth Ambler (West Virginia), Westward Whiskey (Oregon), Frey Ranch (Nevada) and Spirit Works (California).
Uproxx — Twenty New Bourbons From Under-The-Radar Brands, All Under $100
Lost Lantern just dropped their spring 2022 collection of single cask selections from some seriously big hitters in the craft whiskey world. For their first edition, the bottler chose a barrel from Smooth Ambler in West Virginia. This bottling is from one 53-gallon barrel of wheated bourbon from West Virginia that’s bottled as-is without filtering or cutting down with water. That means there are only 190-odd bottles of this around.