- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the southwest Scottish town of Cumnock sits a business that calls itself the Lost Distillery, whose website claims they aim to “rescue” from the dustbin of history even just some of the many, many whisky recipes that have been lost to time as Scotland distilleries inevitably turn over, go out or business or simply stop producing. The Lost Distillery’s aim is to revive some of those long-lost recipes and distilling techniques to fashion contemporary takes on antiquated whiskies. (In fact, their symbol, the Triskele, is an an ancient Celtic hieroglyph representing reincarnation.)

Located at the confluences of Glaisnock Water and the Lugar Water, the Lost Distillery has found some rather unique, innovative ways to express the inherent character of scotch.

Start out with the Lost Distillery Lossit, with its heavy peatiness, and whose wallop is mellowed just a skosh with one or two droplets of water. Use this one in a Roy Roy in honor of that 18th century Scottish hero.

The Benache, which is devoid of peat, boasts a rather healthy caramel color, and that same flavor inhabits the palate — along with some maple on the aftertaste. Enjoy this scotch neat.

The Towiemore has a honey-like color and a complexity that breaks out in all directions with just a drop of added water. This is an extremely drinkable whisky and great for cocktails.

From the smaller-batch department, the Gerston Small Batch is light and, I feel, could have used a little bit more maturing inside the barrels. However, the Auchnagie Archivist Selection Small Batch is a bit lighter in color and taste than the others from Lost Distillery, but adding but a droplet of H2O really matures the taste into something else entirely.

The Strathedon Small Batch puts the soil from which the cereals composing it were grown to the table, with earthy notes on the front of the profile. This one is better without any added water.

What once was lost in the Highlands is now found.

To learn more about Lost Distillery, visit Lost-Distillery.com.


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