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It’s a great time to be a bourbon or whiskey lover in America, in fact as of this moment our nation is home to more than 2000+ craft distilleries. In true American style, experimentation and risk-taking are front and center for these distillers. From high-malted offerings to solera-aged whiskies, the store shelves are heaving with delicious options. Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski, founders of Lost Lantern, an independent whiskey bottler, note that there is more whiskey than ever coming out of historic regions such as Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. Yet, they add, “at the same time, many of the younger distilleries that have emerged around the country in the past five to ten years have now had time to increase their production to a smaller degree. We expect the volume of whiskey coming out of both traditional and craft distilleries to continue to increase for several more years, at least.” American spirits are coming of age and now is the time to explore them all.
Lost Lantern American Vatted Malt Edition No. 1: Lost Lantern offers one of the first blends of single malts ever made in the United States. Founders Adam Polonski and Nora Ganley-Roper collaborated with some of America’s most esteemed distillers, all of whom hand-selected barrels for this unique blend—a 12-barrel elixir of single malt whiskies from six distilleries: Balcones in TX, Copperworks in WA, Santa Fe Spirits in NM, Triple Eight in MA, Westward in OR, and Virginia Distillery Co in VA. Expect to taste chocolate-covered orange peel, roasted fruits, a thread of rich baking spice, and a lingering finish that leaves you with notes of milk chocolate and sea salt. $120 Also look for their single cask bottlings—especially the rich and spicy Single Cask #2 Cedar Ridge Iowa Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $87