Classification: Straight Rye
Company: Lost Lantern
Distillery: Starlight Distillery
Release Date: December 2021
Age: NAS (4 years and 4 months according to company website)
Mashbill: 85% Rye, 15% Malted Barley
Color: Dark Copper
MSRP: $70 (2022)
Big rye spice | Orange peel | Sweet caramel | Light anise | Bold & inviting
Rye spice | Baking spice | Caramel chews | Clementine zest | Spicy with a citrusy undertone and complementary sweet note
Rye spice persists and lingers | Light caramel | Allspice | Medium to long
According to the company’s press release, Single Cask #8 is a 211 bottle, cask strength, non-chill filtered release. “Real Indiana rye, but not ‘that’ Indiana rye,” Lost Lantern jokes on their website, Single Cask #8 is a bold expression with a rye spice focus complemented by citrus and caramel notes. The assembly of flavors is quite crisp and expressive, which will appeal to those who prefer ryes with heavier spice.
As is the case with all of Lost Lantern’s releases, the release highlights the particular distillery it originates from, Starlight Distillery in Starlight, Indiana which is located about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Home to Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards, the distillery’s story starts in 1843 when Simon Huber settled the farm, which is now in the 7th generation of Huber’s living and working on the farm. The distillery makes spirits that include peach brandy, gin, grappa, and rum, but also bourbon and rye.
Single Cask #8 is a strong showing, highlighting Starlight Distillery’s capability to produce a crisp, rye-focused rye whiskey with a unique flavor profile. At $70, it’s in line with single barrels of a similar caliber sourced from MGP, but offers a more uniquely pronounced flavor profile.