For almost two centuries, Scotland has had a robust tradition of independent Scotch whisky bottlers—companies that don't own their own distilleries, but buy casks from distilleries across the country. Nowadays, these whiskies are often released either as blends or as single cask expressions that highlight a different side of the distillery they came from. Many of these releases proudly proclaim the distillery of origin on the front label—the whisky is essentially a partnership between the distillery and the independent bottler. These proud companies have helped the Scotch industry sustain itself through centuries of boom-and-bust cycles.
Lost Lantern seeks to do the same thing for the new wave of American distilleries that have opened in the last two decades. Just a handful of these have achieved national name recognition; most are still best known regionally, and many are still patiently waiting for their spirits to age to maturity. American craft whiskey can be unique, compelling, and sometimes starkly untraditional, but most whiskey drinkers haven't yet discovered what craft whiskey has to offer.
Lost Lantern's mission is to shine a light on the country's best craft whiskeys, both from well-known distilleries and undiscovered ones. We will release single casks of compelling, top-quality whiskies, often with unique flavor profiles that wouldn't otherwise be bottled on their own. We will also create blends made from whiskies sourced from multiple craft distilleries, intended to reveal the breadth of what craft can be. In both cases, we are committed to full transparency on the whiskey's origin. American craft whiskey's time has come, and we want to help you discover it.
WHO WE ARE
Nora got her start in the wine and spirits industry as a Sales Manager at Astor Wine & Spirits, one of the country's top spirits retailers. Her love of wine gradually translated into a deep fascination with spirits, especially the growing potential of craft spirits from all around the country. She left Astor to work in operations for several tech startups, learning how to build and grow early stage companies. She is excited to return to the spirits industry, and the fascinating and rapidly maturing craft whiskey space.
Adam Polonski joins Lost Lantern from Whisky Advocate, the largest whiskey magazine in the United States. In his position as a senior whiskey specialist focused on American craft whiskey, Adam has tasted hundreds of craft whiskeys from distilleries all around the country and discovered for himself the many new styles, approaches, and flavors that are starting to emerge. A true believer in the present and future of craft whiskey, he has written numerous print and online feature articles on American craft, and has forged close relationships with craft distillers of all stripes.