Classification: American Single Malt Finished in a Red Wine Cask
Company: Lost Lantern
Distillery: Sourced from Westland Distillery
Release Date: March 1, 2022
Age: 8 Years (Includes 3 years finishing per company website)
Mashbill: 70% Great Western “Pure WA” Pale Malt, 13% Briess Extra Special Malt, 9% GW Munich Malt, 4% Thomas Fawcett & Sons Brown Malt, 4% TF&S Pale Chocolate Malt
Color: Red Mahogany
MSRP: $140 (2023)
Raisin | Dry red wine | Leather | Seasoned oak | Moderate intensity
Black raspberry | Leather | Allspice | Cigar box | Dry oak | India Pale Ale | Rush of spice on the backend | Thick mouthfeel
Baking spices | Black currants | Leather | Aged oak | Dry
A five malt mashbill first aged in new fill oak for 5 years, followed by finishing in a cabernet sauvignon barrel for an additional 3 years, results in a unique tasting American single malt.
As with all of their products, Lost Lantern’s mission is to “shine a light on the independent spirit,” highlighting whiskey distilleries and unique offerings with each of their releases. Located in Seattle, Washington, Westland Distillery was established in 2010. The distillery specializes in American single malt whiskeys, and offers a great deal of transparency relative to their whiskey making style.
Made from a five malt mashbill, Lost Lantern 2023 Single Cask #2 originally entered a 200 liter barrel at 110 proof where it aged for 5 years, and then was finished in a 225 liter Washington cabernet sauvignon barrel for an additional 3 years. In contrast to Westland’s flagship American Oak which leans towards the darker, chocolatey side of the malt flavor spectrum, Single Cask #2 leans into the lighter side of the malt spectrum, even exhibiting a slight IPA flavor in the satisfyingly viscous palate. A rush of spice transitions the palate into the finish, which quickly turns grippingly dry as it fades. The malty base across the whiskey uniquely combines with the dark fruit and dry side of cabernet sauvignon to form a really unusual drinking experience.
Lost Lantern 2023 Single Cask #2 from Westland Distillery is going to appeal to someone who appreciates American single malt and dry red wine. The whiskey marries the two quite well, and maintains the base whiskey flavor along with a nicely developed amount of oak influence against prominent yet still complementary dry sauvignon cabernet notes. The overall flavor is more akin to an American single malt, while the experience produced by the whiskey’s dryness is parallel to that of drinking a dry red wine. This combination will not be for everyone, but at the same time this release is a single barrel yielding only 185 bottles that intends to provide a unique experience, which it does quite effectively.