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Cool Hunting — Interview: Lost Lantern Whiskey Founders Nora Ganley-Roper + Adam Polonski

In 2018, Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski embarked upon what they refer to as their “great whiskey road trip.” The couple (now married) toured 50 distilleries across dozens of states in the US for eight months straight. This was more than passionate immersion into a hobby; it pertained to an idea they had that stemmed from their professional backgrounds: Ganley-Roper as a sales manager at NYC’s Astor Wine & Spirits; Polonski as an editor at Whisky Advocate. From this experience, the duo launched their own bottling brand, Lost Lantern Whiskey, that same year.

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The Whiskey Wash — The Independent American Whiskey Bottler Arises In The United States

As the advent of the 21st century brought with it an explosion of micro-distillers around the world, as well as increased output from heritage distillers, it was inevitable that some form of “new” independent bottler would take shape, this time focused on American distilleries.  These US-based versions, however, are following more of a mixed path, some in Scottish tradition and others striking out in new ways.  In all cases, they’re balancing the virtue of transparency and innovation with the need to build a widely accessible brand.

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Paste — Lost Lantern American Vatted Malt Edition No. 1 Review

The U.S. whiskey scene is by no means hurting for a lack of independent bottlers and non-distiller producers (NDPs). In fact, it often feels like the sheer number of little boutique bottling operations is beginning to exceed the number that could reasonably be maintained, especially with so many of them drawing on the same handful of companies for sourced whiskey, such as MGP of Indiana, Jim Beam, or Heaven Hill. But every now and then, you do come across a concept that is something truly and utterly new. And Lost Lantern is doing something unmistakably new in American whiskey.

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InsideHook — How People in the Drinks Industry Maintain Their Mental Health

Given the unique nature of what drinks professionals do for a living — and the unique challenges they face both daily and in the face of the continuing pandemic — we wanted to see how people in the industry were coping. So we asked bartenders, distillery owners, brand ambassadors, restaurateurs, publicists and drinks-related business owners how they’ve stayed mentally healthy. 

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Forbes — Cool New Whiskies To Try In 2021

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.

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Fatherly — The Most Expensive Whiskey to Seek Out, According to Master Distillers and Experts

If you’re a whiskey lover, chances are you’ve thought about splurging on a truly expensive whiskey — maybe not the most expensive whiskey in the world (at well over $500,000 a bottle), but certainly something storied and rare, with a price tag equivalent to its extravagance. Perhaps the most expensive bourbon with a half-century age statement. Or a bottle of scotch distilled and laid down in oak the year you were born. Pondering which expensive liquors we’d buy if we could is a fun thought experiment. Hell, we’ve added the Glenmorangie 1978 to our cart more than a few times only to have our decadent impulses shouted down by virtuous prudence. Still it’s an important question: What are the most expensive bottles of whiskey out there? And which are truly worth the price?

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