Classification: Single Malt
Company: Lost Lantern
Distillery: Clear Creek Distillery
Release Date: December 2021
Age: 6 Years
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Color: Golden Hay
MSRP: $140 (2022)
Strong peated malt | Smoldering campfire smoke | Vegetative | Hints of hay | Little doubt this is a malted whiskey
Light vanilla | Smoked malted barley | Peat | Light oak | Hints of orange chocolate | Shockingly mild for the proof
Chewy malted barley | Hints of vanilla | Oak | Melted caramel | Lingering earthy notes | Simmering heat
According to the company’s press release, “McCarthy’s is arguably the first American single malt, and this single cask, aged for six years, is one of the oldest McCarthy’s whiskies ever released.” Barreled in a 228 liter 3rd-fill Oregon oak with a medium toast and medium char, the resulting single barrel produced 248 bottles in total. The end result is a single cask that is a scotch lover's American whiskey.
McCarthy’s is one of those whiskeys that bridges the gap between two worlds. If you’re a fan of peated scotches, you’ll instantly be drawn in the moment you inhale the scents flowing out of the glass. If you’re an American malt lover, you’ll be drawn in by the classic malt flavor profile yet enjoy the fact that this was produced by an American distillery in Oregon. To be clear, this is a very different tasting American whiskey, and is clearly aimed at those who enjoy tasting the recent growing crop of American single malt whiskeys. That said, if you’re ready to cross that bridge, Lost Lantern Single Cask #6 delivers a nicely balanced, if not slightly overly peated sip that will please most American malt lovers.