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Lost Lantern 2022 Single Cask #2: Westward Whiskey Chardonnay Finish

CAPSULE REVIEW
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Classification: Single Malt Finished in Chardonnay Casks

Company: Lost Lantern

Distillery: Westward Whiskey

Release Date: March 2022

Proof: 120.9

Age: 2 Years, 4 Months in new oak casks, 20 additional months in used Oregon Chardonnay cask

Mashbill: 100% Two-Row Malted Barley

Color: Rusty Gold

MSRP: $130 (2022)

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NOSE

Strawberry cream | Raspberry | Floral | Pear | Vanilla custard | Oak

palate

Malt | Toffee | Vanilla | Baking spice | Cinnamon spice | Green apple | Pear

finish

Heavy malt | Dry oak | Floral | Smoke

uniqueness
value
overall

Westward is not shy about pushing boundaries. So much so they have a whiskey club dedicated to the unexplored regions of American malt whiskey. Lost Lantern continues their mission to highlight distilleries paving their own path and this latest release certainly does just that.

After tasting many of Lost Lantern releases it's worth noting they aren’t trying to simply focus on a distillery’s best of the best. As in the case of this Westward Whiskey release that is finished in Chardonnay casks, sometimes they simply want to send a shock to your system by highlighting something uniquely its own.

A bright and beautiful floral aroma transitions to a big malt palate with a mishmash of fruity flavors backed with a hearty amount of spice. The finish carries the heavy malt barrage to its very end which is punctuated with a dash of smoke. It’s a wild ride that’s big on flavor but a bit messy in its construction. A lot is happening at once, and with the malt, spice, and dry oak hitting as hard as they do, it can come across as unbalanced. That of course doesn’t make it not fun, as this whiskey convinces you to expect the unexpected.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

April 12, 2022
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