Whisky Live Singapore 2016 had such a dizzying array of whisky options I knew from the start I would survive only by sniffing, swishing and spitting… and by not getting to every single booth.
One that was intriguing was a venture by Lost Distillery Company to recover ‘lost distillery’ styles. Is this the authentic original whisky produced under the distillery name? Certainly not. However is it an archivists equivalent to recreating lost legends? Yes indeed, with meticulous attention to detail. My old academic historian avatar was keen to know more..
I sampled seven whiskies in two different sets… While I have shared my tasting notes below, keep in mind this was ‘speed dating‘ style sampling rather than sitting down for a ‘proper’ session… hence more a hint of impressions rather than full consideration of the whisky characters.
Ewan Henderson, Global Brand Ambassador, began the 1st set with the Classic Selection – going from lightest style profile gradually building towards the more robust whiskies.
Auchnagie Distillery (1812-1911) 43%
- Nose – Lots of cereals, organic, citrus tending more towards grapefruit than orange, light floral
- Palate – Very smooth & soft, sweet and fruity
- Finish – Longer than expected, bit spicy – pepper?
The Lost Distillery gent shared there were a number of owners over the years and called this a “Highland masquerading as a Lowland” whisky.
Strathden Distillery (1829-1926) 43%
- Nose – Immediate sense of minerals, salty rock, briney, citrus spice
- Palate – Orchard fruits, chocolate, slightly heavy, was there sweet peat and perhaps a dash sherry too??
- Finish – Dry, slightly bitter
Towiemore Distillery (1898-1931) 43?%
- Nose – Apple crumble, sherry, vanilla, light almonds
- Palate – Classic speyside
- Finish – Quite light, hint of spice
It was indeed an intriguing start and proved these folks aren’t just doing some weird gimmicky scheme but sincerely attempting to craft interesting drams. Who am I to say if they are accurate representations of their previous avatars? Yet worth checking out more!
I’ve not included a synopsis of their stories – just click the link on the whisky name to find out more! Makes for a good read.
Coming up next, more Lost Distillery whiskies:
- Jericho Distillery (1824-1913) Classic 43%
- Gerston Distillery (1796-1882 & 1886-1914) Classic 43%
- Lossit Distillery (1817-1867) Classic 43%
- Auchnagie Distillery (1812-1911) Archivist 46%
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I’ve been considering getting an example or two from the ‘Lost Distillery Co’ but I’ve been put off by some of the low-to-average reviews they got. Last I heard the Jericho is quite good. I’d be interested to hear what you think of the Lossit, the only Islay example among the range.
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I’ll openly admit this was a ‘speed dating’ sampling where I didn’t even properly swallow just sniffed, swished and spat.. However I think its an interesting experiment and I certainly wouldn’t mind doing a proper revisit one of these years. 🙂