The Lost Lantern Summer of Bourbon Collection launches on July 26th, and we’ve been gearing up with a special virtual road trip. The Summer of Bourbon Collection shows that great bourbon comes from all across the United States, and the road trip has taken us to all the distilleries featured in the Collection. Seven of the eight whiskies in the Collection hail from an individual distillery. The last, however, is a little different. Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon is a blend of straight bourbon whiskies from four different distilleries in four different states. We created this unique blend to showcase the depth of flavor in the bourbon world, not just from traditional sources, but from all across the country. So today our virtual road trip concludes with a deep dive into Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon, the first new entry in our Blend Series since 2020.
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon Distillery Overview
Far-Flung Bourbon is something truly unique: a blend of straight bourbons from four distilleries in four states that have never been blended before. Each one is a master of its craft and climate and a unique voice in the whiskey world. This whiskey brings those flavors, which stand so well on their own, together to create something new. It is not only the first blend of whiskies from these distilleries, it is the first blend of bourbons from these states.
First is Frey Ranch in Fallon, Nevada. One of the country’s only estate distilleries, they grow all their own grain for their distillery onsite at the Ranch in a uniquely arable pocket of northern Nevada, and their spicy, earthy whiskey reflects that climate.
Next, Boulder Spirits in Boulder, Colorado. Founded by a Scotsman, Boulder makes a lot of single malt and their bourbon shows that influence as well with a uniquely high-malt mashbill. Coupled with high-elevation aging, their bourbon is incredibly bold and powerful.
Third, Still Austin in Austin, Texas. Their whiskies, made entirely with Texas-grown grains, reflect the intensity of the Texas climate.
Fourth, Watershed in Columbus, Ohio. Made and aged in a more temperate climate, their whiskey is full and balanced, and the bourbon for this release came from a unique five-grain mashbill including locally grown spelt.
Each distillery has its own perspective, and each makes wonderful whiskey. All of them have been Lost Lantern partners for single casks as well. And we wanted to see what their flavors looked like if they came together. The result is a whiskey that reflects all of its components, yet is very different from each one.
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon Details
Great bourbon comes from all across the United States. Different regions with different climates produce whiskies that have very different flavors and styles. These can be incredible on their own, as we show in our Single Cask Series and Single Distillery Series. But they also can be just as wonderful, in an entirely different way, when they come together.
From the high and dry climate of northern Nevada, to the Colorado Rockies, to the heat of Texas, to the temperate climate of central Ohio… this whiskey brings far-flung flavors together in a new way that accentuates the depth and breadth of what bourbon can be.
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon is a blend of 3-year-old straight bourbon from Still Austin, 5-year-old bourbon from Frey Ranch, 6-year-old bourbon from Boulder Spirits, and 7-year-old bourbon from Watershed. Bottled at its natural cask strength of nearly 137 proof, it has oak spice, cocoa and ginger notes on the nose, with a rich, spicy palate balanced by clove and dark chocolate notes. It is a big, powerful, and rich bourbon, and unlike anything else we have made before.
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon Cocktail Recipe: Bishop Castle
Lost Lantern’s Far-Flung Bourbon is a celebration of bourbon made in exciting places that aren’t necessarily the state you may first think of when thinking of bourbon. The perfect cocktail to show off this whiskey is a JULEP (the most classic summer sipper if ever there was one.) But since we are playing a little fast and loose with expectations, I thought we could explore every herb except mint. Have you ever tried a basil julep? How about tarragon? This recipe gives you the basic building blocks to take any culinary herb you have in the garden and make it sing all summer long. The cocktail is named for Bishop Castle, a roadside attraction in Rye, Colorado.
LOST LANTERN FAR-FLUNG BOURBON COCKTAIL INSTRUCTIONS: BISHOP CASTLE
2 oz Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon
¼ – ½ oz Simple Syrup (Herbed or regular)
5-6 sprigs of freshly cut herbs – try basil, tarragon, sage, thyme or of course mint 😉
- If you truly want a frosty beverage you’ll need to grab some metal julep cups, if you don’t have those any good 10-12 ounce travel mug will do!
- Add a handful of your chosen soft leaf herbs to the bottom of the cup with 1/4 ounce of simple syrup* and give it a couple of good whacks with the back of your spoon. Be sure to press the herbs into the side of the cup, but try not to tear them. You don’t have to violently muddle herbs to release their delicious aroma.
- Fill the cup to heaping with crushed ice, like a snow cone (Sonic drive through is my go-to in a pinch.)
- Pour 2 ounces of Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon over the top, then add an additional ¼ ounce simple syrup over the whiskey and garnish with some more fresh herbs and of course a metal straw!
Simple syrup is simply equal measurements of sugar dissolved in water. You can do this on the stove top or by stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. If you are batching these juleps for a party you can make an herbed simple syrup by adding fresh herbs to taste while making simple syrup on the stove. Simmer with water, sugar and herbs until fragrant and then strain out the leaves and chill before use. Herbed simple syrup can keep for several weeks in the refrigerator and can be used for lemonades and sweet teas throughout the summer.
-California state manager Drew Record
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon Food Pairing
BOOZY MIXED BERRY GALETTE
If you’re looking for an incredibly simple summer dessert, look no further than a galette. A galette is similar to a tart or a pie except it’s much easier to put together. Rustic is a term you hear often in conjunction with a galette, which is quite fitting. It consists of a pastry base, we’re taking a shortcut and using pre-made puff pastry here, folded over a fruit filling. Free form pastry if you will. The filling consists of a mixture of seasonal berries (blueberries, blackberries and raspberries) with a splash of our Far-Flung Bourbon. Perfect pairing. While I know it will be difficult not to dive right in, you’ll want to let the galette cool before slicing so that the berry mixture has a minute to thicken up. Top with vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!
BOOZY MIXED BERRY GALETTE
Yield: 6-8 slices
Time: 35 minutes
2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon
1 sheet puff pastry
1 egg – beaten
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lined a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Into a bowl add berries, sugar, cornstarch and bourbon. Gently mix to combine, season with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
- Roll puff pastry sheet into a rectangle, approximately ¼” thick. Place berry mixture down the center of puff pastry, leaving 1½” border. Gently fold sides over.
- Add 1 tablespoon of water to the beaten egg. Using a pastry brush, brush egg wash around the edges of the puff pastry. Sprinkle it with turbinado sugar.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes OR until pastry is golden and berries are bubbling. Allow the galette to cool before slicing.
-Marketing & Brand Manager Paula Jones
Lost Lantern Far-Flung Bourbon Music Pairing
What road trip, virtual or otherwise, would be complete without a playlist? California state manager Drew Record has curated a unique listening experience centered around Far-Flung Bourbon and the vast breadth of the country that it represents. So if you’re visiting Frey Ranch, or Watershed, or Still Austin, or Boulder… whether it’s virtually or in-person… this is the playlist for you. Enjoy!