Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Lost Lantern
Distillery: Tom’s Foolery
Release Date: July 26th, 2023
Age: 8 Years (Company website states 9 years)
Mashbill: 52% Yellow Dent Corn, 20% Winter Rye, 28% 6-Row Malted Barley
MSRP: $120 (2023)
Dry roasted nuts | Light vanilla bean | Raisins | Dry oak | Nutmeg | Grain | Nicely integrated
Spiced vanilla | Aged oak | Spiced syrup | Raisins | Dry cinnamon sticks | Barrel char | Conveys an age older than it really is | Delicious
Light rye spice | White peppercorn | Baking spices | Dry charred oak | Cinnamon syrup | Lingering
The highlight of Lost Lantern’s “Summer of Bourbon” releases, the bourbon in Single Cask #9 Tom’s Foolery delivers a solid cast of flavors that make this bourbon seem much older than it really is.
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 bourbon is Lost Lantern’s first release from Tom’s Foolery in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. While the bottle lists the age of the bourbon to be 8 years old, the company states that “the label says 8 years old, but this whiskey actually had its ninth birthday just a few days before bottling!”
The sip opens with well defined notes of roasted nuts, dry oak, and a grain scent which receive gentle pushback from light vanilla bean and raisins. Moving to the midpoint of the sip brings with it a slurry of delicious flavors. Spiced vanilla and syrup combine with cinnamon sticks and raisins to form a sweet yet nicely spiced combination, all of which is carried by a charred aged oak note. Along with the nose, the palate makes it seem that this bourbon is much older than it really is. The finish brings the bourbon home with similar spiced and sweet notes that are enjoyed while they gently linger.
Coming in at $120, Lost Lantern 2023 Single Cask #9 is on the higher side of the releases by the company this summer. However, don’t let the price tag turn you away, as this is a standout of Lost Lantern’s “Summer of Bourbon” releases. Its sip is complex yet approachable and the proof is dialed in perfectly for the pour. Most bourbon drinkers probably have not had the opportunity to have tried whiskey from Tom’s Foolery yet, and Single Cask #9 is the perfect bourbon to start that journey with.
The barrel chosen for this release produced a total of 171 bottles.