Lost Distillery Trio – Towiemore, Gerston, Stratheden

I first encountered Lost Distillery via La Maison du Whisky in Singapore… and first had an opportunity to sample their wares at WhiskyLive Singapore in 2016. Ewan Henderson, Global Brand Ambassador, kindly regaled tales and anecdotes, sharing a passion for bringing whisky history to a new re-interpreted life!

Our whisky host for the evening picked these up at La Maison du Whisky in Singapore and focused on a trio from their “Classic” range.

So what all did our Bombay Malt & Cigar gents sample?

If you are curious about my earlier encounter, read on:

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Lost Distillery 2 – Jericho, Gersten, Lossit, Auchnagie

Whisky Live Singapore 2016 featured many a fine dram! Plus discovering new experiments in the world of whisky.

The Lost Distillery Company set out to create “modern interpretations of lost whisky legends.” My 1st sampling set began with the lightest style profile from the “Classic Range” with Auchnagie, Towiemore then Stratheden, gradually gaining momentum towards more robust profiles.

I continued my explorations with three more whisky distillery recreations of days gone by from the Classic range (all bottled at 43%) then closed on one from their Archivist range (bottled at 46%)…

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Jericho Distillery (1824-1913) Classic 43%

  • Nose – Sherry bomb! All those Christmas plum cake elements with an overlay of sweet perfume
  • Palate – Full sherry, lots of rum raisins
  • Finish – Dry sherry

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Gerston Distillery (1796-1882 & 1886-1914) Classic 43%

  • Nose – Briny spice, maritime character, windswept freshness
  • Palate – Toffee, rum caramel, edge of peat
  • Finish – Carries on with smokey elements

I don’t know why, but this whisky reminded me of Kolkata – India’s early British colonial capital. It was a nice surprise… Do also check out the Whisky Lassie review.

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Lossit Distillery (1817-1867) Classic 43%

  • Nose – Lots of smokey peat, salt more than sweet peat, softer bacon, pear drop
  • Palate – A contrast with a softer more delicate creamy profile, hint of pepper
  • Finish – Mellowed out completely

What a contrast – quite pronounced peat on the nose, yet was much more soft and creamy on the palate then a mild finish…

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Just when I thought my sampling as over… out came another Auchnagie at 46% from batch 2/11, bottle no 709, part of their “Archivist” range.

  • Nose – Soft fruits and spice with a slightly tart citrus twist
  • Palate – Then rich, sweet, round full body… in short, delicious!

I sampled seven Lost Distillery whiskies, all ‘speed dating‘ sampling rather than a ‘proper’ sessions, however still gave a sense of quite distinctive styles. Enough to conclude these folks are certainly expanding the horizons of what is possible. The passion and enthusiasm of the team was palpable and I was delighted to have a chance of making their passing acquaintance and wish them well!

Other Lost Distillery whiskies sampled at Whisky Live Singapore include:

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Lost Distillery 1 – Auchnagie, Stratheden, Towiemore

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..

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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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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