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5. Lost Lantern Single Cask Series New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Average Price: $90
This single cask bottling from Lost Lantern is a one-of-a-kind Kentucky barrel from New Riff Distilling (across the river from Cincinnati). The whiskey in the barrel was a low-corn bourbon (65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley) aged for four years. The barrel was bottled at cask strength and yielded around 120 bottles.
Nose: This opens with a deep burnt caramel sweetness that gives way to five-spice powder over fatty smoked pork next to dark cherry cola and rich and clear tobacco.
Palate: That tobacco is fresh and vibrant on the palate as the fatty smoked pork drives the taste toward rich dark chocolate sauce, winter spice medleys, and campfire toasted marshmallows.
Finish: Mulled wine and apple cider spices drive the finish to some wet brown sugar, more dark cherry cola, and a hint of buttermilk biscuit with marmalade just kissed with that five-spice powder.
This was so funky (five-spice powder!) and smoked fats that it stood out tremendously. And it worked! This is the bottle you get when you want the perfect backyard barbecue bourbon that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
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7. Lost Lantern Single Cask Series Smooth Ambler West Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Average Price: $100
This new fall 2023 Lost Lantern release is a six-year-old single barrel. The West Virginia whiskey has a low-corn mash bill of 57% corn, 36% rye, and 7% malted barley. After those six years, Lost Lantern hand-picked the barrel and bottled it 100% as-is, yielding only 87 bottles.
Nose: The nose opens with backyards on a summer day next to dark chocolate oranges, vanilla sheet cake, and plenty of wintery spice cakes with hints of peach crumble covered in melting malted vanilla ice cream.
Palate: Rich toffee rolled in almond and covered in dark chocolate drives the taste toward pound cake cut with orange oils and poppy seeds, butterscotch candies, and grassy tobacco rolled with fresh roasting herbs.
Finish: The end leans into that summer backyard hard with a nice layer of spiced woody heat, soft vanilla eggnog creaminess, and mellow leathery tobacco cut with bright fruits.
This is a great classic bourbon. It’s truly a slow sipper that delivers a deep and fun profile. You might need a big rock to calm it down a bit though.
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