Unbiased whiskey bottler Misplaced Lantern has been busy of late. We already coated their spring releases for 2022, which comprised 4 completely different bottlings, however for his or her summer season assortment, Misplaced Lantern is providing a whopping seven completely different single casks from six completely different distilleries, their largest assortment thus far. And there are fairly a number of winners on this group. Let’s verify them out.
Misplaced Lantern 2022 Single Cask #5: McCarthy’s 3-12 months-Previous Oregon Peated Single Malt Whiskey – It’s been a really very long time since we tasted McCarthy’s, and right here now we have a 3-year (technically nearly 4-year) cask energy providing to jog our reminiscence. The model claims to be the primary American single malt producer however makes use of Previous World components – barley from the UK malted with Islay peat – which they then ferment, distill, and age in Oregon. The nostril is closely peated with loads of brine, sea spray, and ashy smoke within the combine. With a while to breathe, notes of recent leather-based and candy, dry oak soften a number of the punchier coastal components. The palate is large and syrupy with preliminary notes of maple candies and a little bit of fudge sauce that grow to be fruiter with raspberry jam into the mid-palate. The smoke and Band-Assist notes are properly interwoven, turning to a sweetly smoldering beachside barbecue on the beneficiant, and nonetheless well-spiced, end. The standout providing of your complete summer season assortment. 240 bottles produced. 114.1 proof. A / $90
Misplaced Lantern 2022 Single Cask #6: Frey Ranch Distillery Nevada Three Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey – One of many first three-grain bourbons to return from this darling of Nevada craft distilling and, like all of Frey Ranch’s whiskies, made solely with property grown grains. The nostril is shiny and spicy with notes of candy jackfruit, RedHots, and recent mint. The palate is a little bit of a departure from the aroma, extra oak-driven with spicy sandalwood and sawn lumber notes that flip a contact gritty into the mid-palate. There’s some refined fruit and baking spice beneath all that wooden, largely darkish cherry and cinnamon sugar, however the warming end struggles to discover a good stability amongst all of it. 196 bottles produced. 118.2 proof. B+ / $100
Misplaced Lantern 2022 Single Cask #7: Starlight Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey – We’ve already encountered a single cask Starlight bourbon provided instantly from the distillery, however this marks our first impartial bottling from the upstart Indiana distillery. The aroma is initially sharp with dry oak earlier than coalescing round gentler notes of barrel char and a few juicy tangerine. The palate is good with citrus zest, apricot, and caramel apple, turning creamier into the midpalate with a little bit of vanilla fudge. The oak, domineering at first, finds its rhythm because the end arrives with tender baking spice notes and lingering cinnamon sugar. 208 bottles produced. A- / $80
Misplaced Lantern 2022 Single Cask #8: Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey – In keeping with Misplaced Lantern’s founders, the purpose of their program is to supply cask energy expressions that mirror a distillery’s explicit profile in addition to expressions which are extra distinctive and experimental. This expression, a basic instance of Dad’s Hat rye whiskey aged 5 years, is Misplaced Lantern’s first from the Pennsylvania distillery. The nostril exhibits extra maturity than our first encounter with the aroma, expectedly bolder at cask energy, exhibiting much less of a burly wooden observe – surprisingly little wooden in any respect, truly – and extra shiny, grassy wintergreen dusted in powdered sugar. The palate punches with a little bit extra oak however it’s well-integrated, providing up caramel sauce and barrel char to stability in opposition to daring clove and candied lemon notes. The end, spicy and warming, is stuffed with candy mint and cinnamon candies. 188 bottled produced. A- / $90
Misplaced Lantern 2022 Single Cask #9: Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey Completed in a Vermouth Cask – Now for the weird counterpoint from Dad’s Hat. This launch was made by ending the distillery’s 4-year-old straight rye for 5 months in ex-vermouth casks. Instantly extra muted on the nostril than the basic rye with a refined, stone fruit sweetness and even softer notes of mint and unique spice. The ending has given the palate a pleasant roundness however there’s only a bit an excessive amount of occurring. The inexperienced, earthy notes – grass and damp soil – bump up in opposition to sweeter mint and baking spice, by no means fairly discovering concord and turning tart right into a end of black pepper and bitter cherry. It actually does come near working. However not fairly. 119 bottles produced. B+ / $110
Misplaced Lantern 2022 Single Cask #10: St. George Spirits California Single Malt Whiskey – St. George, acknowledged because the nation’s very first “craft” distillery, has been making American single malt for over 20 years, and someway, we haven’t managed to assessment it formally. This expression was distilled on their pot nonetheless and aged in new oak for just below 4 years. There’s a shiny, nearly white wine high quality to the nostril with notes of lemon curd, inexperienced apple, and linen. The palate is oily and heavy with a singular floral character showcasing notes of orange blossom honey, white flowers, and grassy spice. The oak arrives mid-palate and delicate with tender baking spice notes that erode into a protracted buttery end of vanilla bean and lemon custard. One of many extra uncommon American single malts I’ve encountered, however I’m digging it. 215 bottles produced. 106.7 proof. A- / $160
Misplaced Lantern 2022 Single Cask #11: Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt Aged in a Tequila Barrel – The final cask on Misplaced Lantern’s summer season listing is probably essentially the most uncommon of all. It is a single malt from pioneering Texas whisky-maker Balcones that has been aged 5 years in a used tequila cask that beforehand held the distillery’s Rumble providing, a spirit made with honey, figs, and sugar. Sounds fairly bizarre. And it’s. The aroma is funky with treacle, overcooked caramel, Honey Grahams, and a imprecise, vegetal observe that turns greener, nearly like lime pores and skin, because it opens within the glass. The palate is good, actually candy, with each sugary cereal notes and agave syrup. A little bit of citrus and purple pepper try so as to add some much less saccharine distinction however shortly relent to a sugar cookie-filled end. An excessive amount of sweet store on this bottle. 126 bottles produced. 129 proof. B / $120