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
Single Cask #10 Ironroot Republic
Single Cask #2 Cedar Ridge
Single Cask #5 Whiskey Del Bac
Single Cask #6 Whiskey Del Bac
Single Cask #7 Whiskey Del Bac
Single Cask #8 Balcones Distilling
Single Cask #9 New York Distilling Co.
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!
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Breaking Bourbon — Review: Single Cask #8 Balcones Distilling
Having had many whiskeys from Balcones Distillery, I wasn’t sure what Lost Lantern Single Cask #8 was going to offer me. Why involve a second party and not just get it from the horse’s mouth? It became clear rather quickly that there is value in curation. Single Cask #8 is incredibly bold and rich with its wealth of dark and roasted flavors and a deep barrel char. This is a dark bourbon both in color and taste.
InsideHook — Review: Sourced From All Over the US, Lost Lantern Is a Whiskey Nerd’s Dream
Founded by Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski and launched last fall — delayed from an April 2020 start because of you-know-what — Lost Lantern is an independent bottler of American whiskey.
“We source different casks and single malts from around the country,” explains Polonski, a former whiskey journalist. “This model has existed in Scotland for 200 years. It’s a great discovery method.”
The idea here is Lost Lantern is not only shining a light on smaller, regional distilleries, but also getting that whiskey out to a larger swath of the country. As well, these releases are specifically designed for whiskey connessours — they’re non-chill filtered and cask strength.
Gear Patrol — The 15 Best New Bourbon and Whiskeys of 2021 (So Far)
While it officially released late in 2020, Lost Lantern’s debut bottle is as delicious as it is innovative. Founded by a former Whisky Advocate writer and a liquor store manager, the brand follows in the footsteps of the independent bottlers and blenders of Scotland, which buy up barrels of aged whiskey from distilleries with extra stock and spin them into something new. This American Vatted Malt is the first blend of American single malt whiskeys from different distilleries, and it’s unlike anything I’ve tasted. Find exactly what went into it here.