Lost Lantern 2024 Single Cask #3: FEW Spirits


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Lost Lantern

Distillery: Sourced from FEW Spirits

Release Date: March 27, 2024

Proof: 124.6

Age: 5 Years

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 20% Rye, 10%, Malted Barley

Color: Dark Caramel

MSRP: $90 / 750mL (2024)

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Nutmeg | Cinnamon | Toasted oak | Toasted marshmallow | Light rye grain | Faint vanilla bean | Slight earthiness


Rich cinnamon syrup | Baking spices | Rye spice | Velvety mouthfeel | Sweet and spicy


Rye spice | Cinnamon spice | Touch of syrup | Dry oak | Leather | Mixed peppercorn spice


Rich and flavorful, Lost Lantern showcases exactly why FEW Spirits deserves a place in their spotlight of Midwest distilleries.

FEW Spirits was founded in 2011 by Paul Hletko. The distillery is located outside of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois. The name is taken from Frances Elizabeth Willard’s initials, a historical figure who made Evanston the home of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Ironically, Frances was a staunch supporter of prohibition and was one of many who played a part in ensuring Evanston remained a dry city beginning in 1855 and finally ending in 1972. Limited to just 200 bottles, this is the first time Lost Lantern has partnered with FEW Spirits, and also the first time the company has worked with a distillery from the state of Illinois. This release is part of the company’s focus on the Midwest, with Lost Lantern Co-Founder Nora Ganley Roper stating, "The Midwest is one of the most exciting and dynamic whiskey regions in the United States, yet it's one that whiskey drinkers often overlook.”

FEW Spirits has come a long way since our introduction to the brand when they were still blending 5-30 gallon barrels together. In this case, increasing the age by just 1 year and cranking up the proof makes a world of difference compared to their Bottled in Bond product. The sip is full of rich spice and baking-related notes, opening with scents that are defined and inviting. The midpoint is defined by a velvety mouthfeel that nicely blends the sweetness of rich cinnamon syrup with rye and baking spices. Ending on spicy and dry notes, the finish is medium length and nicely caps off the sip. Don’t let the 5 year age statement fool you, this is a rich flavorful bourbon that can compete with barrel proof bourbons from more established Kentucky brands.

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: Jordan Moskal

March 21, 2024
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