Classification: Straight Rye Malt
Company: Lost Lantern
Distillery: Sourced from Cedar Ridge Distillery
Release Date: September 2022
Age: 6 Years
Mashbill: 51% Malted Rye, 34% Rye, 12% Corn, 3% Malted Barley
MSRP: $90 (2022)
Fresh baked bread | Orange peel | Star anise | Toasted oak | Tempered rye spice
Baking spices | Cinnamon roll | Frosted Flakes cereal | Punch of rye spice | Rich delivery of flavors | Thick mouthfeel
Clove | Light cinnamon | Faint citrus note | Slightly herbal | Rye spice driven heat develops and lingers
Venturing into the less common “Rye Malt” class of whiskey, elements of rye spice, softer bakery-like flavors, and citrus come together nicely.
Lost Lantern included two whiskeys from Cedar Ridge Distillery in their fall collection, the other being a 5-year-old straight bourbon. Notably, Straight Rye Malt Whiskey is a class of whiskey you don’t see too often, but is becoming more common as American distilleries continue experimenting and exploring whiskey roads less traveled.
According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Rye Malt Whiskey is defined as follows: “Whisky produced at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent malted rye and stored at not more than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred new oak containers.” They further clarify by defining “Straight” Malt Rye Whiskey as follows: “Rye malt whisky stored in charred new oak containers for 2 years or more. ‘Straight Rye Malt Whisky’ may include mixtures of two or more straight rye malt whiskies provided all of the whiskies are produced in the same state.”
Aged for 6 years in Iowa, this particular cask combines elements of rye spice, softer bakery-like flavors, and citrus resulting in a combination of flavors that will please fans of spicy ryes, but also brings in elements not typical of their more popular Kentucky and Indiana based counterparts. Cedar Ridge Distillery has been at it for a while, and produced Iowa’s first bourbon back in 2010. Their own Straight Rye Whiskey shares the same mashbill, but is proofed down to 86 proof and aged for only three years. To that end, the particular cask selected by Lost Lantern helps highlight both a higher age and more rich intensity at the higher proof point, reinforcing the company’s mantra of identifying and highlighting unique individual barrels.
The cask chosen for this release produced a total of 211 bottles.