Here at Lost Lantern, we’re celebrating the holidays this year with what we’re calling “Winter Whiskey Wednesday.” We don’t normally reveal our release dates far in advance (especially during the pandemic!), but we’ve decided that we’re going to start a new Lost Lantern tradition this year of launching a few of our most exciting and special whiskies on the first Wednesday of December every year.
This year, that will take the form of the Lost Lantern Winter 2021 Single Cask Collection: three limited-edition single casks that we chose specifically for this date, selected with celebration, cold weather, and gift giving in mind. Each one comes from a distillery we’ve never worked with before, from a state we’ve never released a single cask from before. All are bottled at cask strength, are non-chill-filtered, and have natural color.
The Winter 2021 Collection will be available on Seelbachs.com on December 1st and on LostLanternWhiskey.com at a later date (likely after the holidays, or at least after you’ll be able to get them for the holidays). We will also debut several specialty bundles that will be available on our site once the whiskies launch on our site.
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. This is Indiana whiskey at its finest.
All three of these distilleries and states are new additions to our single cask lineup. Clear Creek has been making McCarthy’s for over 20 years and has a well-deserved cult following. 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.
We are very excited to get these whiskies out into the world starting on December 1st!