Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Lost Lantern
Distillery: Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Release Date: July 26th, 2023
Age: 4 Years
Mashbill: 70% White Corn, 25% Brasetto Rye, 5% Malted Wild Fire Barley
MSRP: $80 (2023)
Buttered pecan | Light cinnamon powder | Sweetbread | Rye grain | Fresh oak
Peppery oak | Dry leather | Light bundt cake | Rye spice | Burnt caramel | Touch of baking spices
Rye spice | Leather | Green pepper | Dry oak | Lingering peppery spice and warming heat
Comprised of all Texas grains, Lost Lantern 2023 Single Cask #8 Still Austin delivers enjoyable bakery flavors that are counterbalanced by dry oak and spices.
According to the company’s press release, Lost Lantern’s latest batch of releases dubbed, “Summer of Bourbon” includes eight whiskeys in total ranging from the Blend Series (blends of whiskeys from multiple distilleries), the Single Distillery Series (blends of multiple casks from a single distillery), and the Single Cask Series (whiskeys from a single barrel from a single distillery). This particular release uses grains all grown in Texas.
While Lost Lantern has released whiskeys from other Texas distilleries, this is their first release from Still Austin. Texas whiskeys often have the advantage of using the Texas heat to impart a deeper range of flavors more quickly than many other parts of the country, due to the fact that the barrels face extreme temperatures while aging. In this Still Austin selection, Lost Lantern has found a barrel that contains a variety of rich baking flavors yet is also clearly impacted by its aging location. The bourbon nicely highlights rich buttered pecan, burnt caramel, and sweetbread while also being counterbalanced by dry oak, leather, and a variety of spices. While these dry notes ultimately impede the peak that this bourbon aspires to, it’s still a nice example of a homegrown bourbon coming out of Texas.
The barrel chosen for this release produced a total of 167 bottles.