Lost Lantern has unveiled their Summer 2022 collection, featuring seven limited edition single casks from six celebrated craft distilleries: McCarthy’s in Oregon, Frey Ranch in Nevada, Starlight in Indiana, Dad’s Hat in Pennsylvania, St. George in California, and Balcones in Texas.
The whiskeys included in the Lost Lantern Summer 2022 Single Cask Collection are all released with full transparency, bottled at cask strength, are non-chill-filtered, and have natural color. The collection includes:
Since their debut in October 2020, Lost Lantern has released 29 one-of-a-kind single casks from 16 distilleries across the United States: Santa Fe Spirits (NM), Cedar Ridge (IA), New York Distilling Company (NY), Ironroot Republic (TX), Whiskey Del Bac (AZ), Balcones (TX) Watershed (OH), Boulder Spirits (CO), Spirit Works (CA), St. George Spirits (CA), McCarthy’s (OR), Smooth Ambler (WV), Starlight (IN), Westward (OR), Frey Ranch Distillery (NV), and Dad’s Hat (PA).
2022 Single Cask #5: McCarthy’s 3 Year Old Oregon Peated Single Malt Whiskey
(1240 btls | 114.1 Proof): SRP, $90
McCarthy’s is arguably the first American single malt. This fresh, approachable, heavily peated single malt is made from U.K. barley malted with Islay peat and was fermented, distilled, and aged in Oregon. It was aged for 3 years and 11 months in a second-fill 228-liter Oregon oak cask and has notes of leather, oak, iodine, and maple syrup-drizzled vanilla ice cream.
2022 Single Cask #6: Frey Ranch Distillery Nevada Three Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(196 btls | 118.2 Proof): SRP, $100
Colby and Ashley Frey have transformed Frey Ranch, a fifth-generation family farm in the watershed of the Sierra Nevada, into one of the most exciting distilleries in the country. Frey Ranch grows all the grain for all of its whiskies, making it one of the only true estate distilleries in the U.S. This 5-year-old straight bourbon is one of the first three-grain whiskies ever to come from Frey Ranch. It has notes of chocolate, clove, spearmint, and balanced oak and is more spice- and fruit-driven than their traditional four-grain style.
2022 Single Cask #7: Starlight Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(208 btls | 116 Proof): SRP, $80
Located just across the Ohio River from Kentucky and only about 20 miles from Louisville, Starlight Distillery is part of Huber’s Orchard & Winery, an Indiana institution since 1843. This straight bourbon whiskey was aged for 4 years in a 53-gallon barrel and has flavors of lemon zest, cinnamon strudel, nutmeg, and creamy vanilla.
2022 Single Cask #8: Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey
(188 btls | 127 Proof): SRP, $90
Pennsylvania has a long and historic distilling tradition dating back to the colonial era, but by the 1990s, Pennsylvania rye whiskey had disappeared completely. Mountain Laurel Spirits, better known by its flagship brand Dad’s Hat, has brought this tradition back to life. This straight rye whiskey, Lost Lantern’s first from Dad’s Hat and first from Pennsylvania, was aged in a 53-gallon barrel for 5 years. It is fresh and grassy, with spearmint on the nose and candied orange, chocolate, and clove on the palate.
2022 Single Cask #9: Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in a Vermouth Cask
(119 btls | 119.9 Proof): SRP, $110
This release was made by finishing 4-year-old Dad’s Hat straight rye whiskey for 5 months in an ex-vermouth cask, which amplifies and builds upon the sweeter elements of the underlying rye whiskey. It has apricot and spearmint on the nose, and a rich palate that balances big baking spice, citrusy sweetness, and fresh green grass. A unique and deeply flavorful twist that shows how the right finish can naturally complement a whiskey.
2022 Single Cask #10: St. George Spirits California Single Malt Whiskey
(215 btls | 106.7 Proof): SRP, $160
Founded in 1982 and located in Alameda, California, St. George is the country’s first craft distillery and is renowned for its commitment to experimentation, innovation, quality and precision, fresh and flavorful local ingredients. When they released their first single malt whiskey in 2000, they were blazing a new trail. More than twenty years later, they still do. Distilled on a pot still and aged for 3 years and 10 months in a new oak cask, this whiskey is a beautiful intermingling of soft, floral flavors with gentle oak, clove, and nutmeg notes.
2022 Single Cask #11: Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt Aged in a Tequila Barrel
(126 btls | 129 Proof): SRP, $120
Balcones is a pioneer, not just in Texas Whiskey but across the board. Their experiments with mashbills, barrel finishes, barrel sizes, and new techniques have helped break new ground in American whiskey. Cask #11 is no exception. It spent 5 years in a used tequila cask that previously held Balcones Rumble, a spirit distilled from honey, sugar, and figs. This style-bending whiskey, born and raised in the Texas heat, marries clean and elegant single malt with unusual flavors rarely seen in whiskey. It has butterscotch, graham crackers, and chili chocolate on the nose. The light, spicy palate has honey, lemon pepper, and even hints of lime. Perfect for summer.
In addition to the above new single casks, Lost Lantern will be releasing a limited amount of distillery partner exploration bundles. The collections will include multiple releases from a single distillery to help whiskey lovers explore each distillery’s range. Bundles range from $140 – $320.
“The Lost Lantern Summer 2022 Collection emphasizes comparison, showing the full range of the distilleries we work with and what we as an independent bottler add to that conversation,” explained Lost Lantern Co-Founders Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski. “All seven casks in the new collection are meant to be points of comparison: sometimes to each other, sometimes to previous Lost Lantern releases, sometimes to the distillery’s own releases.”
In March, Lost Lantern announced their Spring 2022 collection, featuring four limited edition single casks from four celebrated distilleries: Smooth Ambler in West Virginia, Westward in Oregon, Frey Ranch Distillery in Nevada, and Spirit Works in California.