We are incredibly excited to announce the upcoming release of the Lost Lantern Spring 2023 Single Cask Collection, launching March 1st!
The Spring 2023 cohort features four limited-edition single casks—all aged at least 7 years—from three distilleries: Westland Distillery in Washington, Watershed Distillery in Ohio, and Corbin Cash Distillery in California. It is our first 2023 release and our first since being named the 2023 Independent Bottler of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards America in February.
The new collection demonstrates just how much the world of American whiskey has transformed in recent years. Distilleries that began experimenting and exploring new ideas a decade or more ago have now proven that those ideas work. Once, Pacific Northwest single malt, estate-grown rye whiskey, and thriving urban distilleries were just intriguing ideas with a lot of potential. But today, they have become realities, thanks to years of dedicated effort and commitment on the part of the country’s most innovative distilleries. The Spring 2023 Collection is emblematic of the growing maturity of innovation in the American whiskey world.
This release includes our first casks from Westland Distillery in Seattle, one of the greatest champions of American single malt whiskey and a leader in exploring the effects of the Pacific Northwest’s climate on whiskey. It also includes our first cask from Corbin Cash, an estate distillery that has been doing everything the right way for many years and is poised to make a big splash in American whiskey. Lastly, the Spring Collection includes the first cask that we’ve substantially changed ourselves after buying it: a cask from Watershed in Ohio that we aged for an additional two years in Vermont. For us, this is a harbinger of things to come as we begin to explore extended maturation and additional finishing after we acquire casks.
The Spring 2023 Single Cask Collection will launch on LostLanternWhiskey.com, Seelbachs.com, and at select retailers in California and Alberta, Canada. As always, all offerings are released with full transparency, bottled at cask strength, are non-chill-filtered and have natural color.
2023 Single Cask #1: Westland Distillery American Single Malt 7 Years Old
215 btls | 105.7 Proof
Washington-based Westland is a transformative voice in American single malt and a champion behind the emerging terroir of the Pacific Northwest. This release, our first from Westland, was distilled from the distillery’s signature 5-malt recipe. Aged for 7 years in a new oak cask, this whiskey is fresh, creamy, warm, and malty, with balanced notes of grain and oak and flavors of rich vanilla and caramel creams. Full details.
2023 Single Cask #2: Westland Distillery American Single Malt Finished in a Red Wine Cask 8 Years Old
185 btls | 107.68 Proof
Our second cask from Westland shows a different side of the distillery. Like the first, it is made from Westland’s signature 5-malt recipe. It was aged for 5 years in new oak and then finished for 3 years in a Washington Cabernet Sauvignon wine cask. The finish amplifies the fruity, spicy flavors of the whiskey. Soft and rounded with a lot of spice, it has flavors of black raspberry, soft oak, apple cider donuts, and black cherry ice cream. The oldest single malt we’ve ever released. You all have been asking us for more finished single malt whiskey, and here it is! Full details.
2023 Single Cask #3: Watershed Distillery Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey 7 Years Old
65 btls | 132.2 Proof
Founded in 2010, Watershed is one of the most sought-after and beloved distilleries in the Midwest, thanks to its meticulous production methods, commitment to local ingredients, and innovations with grain. In 2021, we released a 5-year-old five-grain bourbon from Watershed. This cask is its sibling. While the first was bottled right away, we continued to age this one in Vermont. After two years of humid summers and long, cold winters, this is a different whiskey than it was before: even deeper and more nuanced, yet still recognizably Watershed. It has a rich, full oak flavor, with notes of baking spice, vanilla sweetness, and fresh oatmeal raisin cookies. This is the oldest bourbon we’ve ever released, and one of the only 7-year-old releases to date from Watershed. Full details.
2023 Single Cask #4: Corbin Cash California Straight Rye Whiskey 7 Years Old
217 btls | 128.72 Proof
The Souza family has been growing sweet potatoes in California’s Central Valley for over 100 years, and they’ve been growing rye for just as long as a cover crop. In 2007, David Souza opened Corbin Cash Distillery, named for his son, and began distilling that rye. Their grain to-glass whiskies reflect the bounty and warmth of one of the world’s great agricultural regions. This release was distilled from 100% estate-grown Merced rye and was aged for 7 years in a heavily charred new oak barrel in the heat of the Central Valley, making this a rye from an uncommonly hot climate. The result is a welcoming and powerful whiskey. It is fresh and minty, with notes of sweet chocolate, delicate oak, and wintergreen. Corbin Cash is essentially only available in California, but we think they’ll blow up in a big way as they become more widely available. Here’s your chance to try it before that. This is the oldest rye we’ve ever released (noticing a pattern there?). Full details.
The casks will launch on March 1st. The best way to make sure you get access is to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram. In the meantime, feel free to reach out with any questions about the release!