Over the past century, nearly one hundred malt whisky distilleries in Scotland have been permanently closed or destroyed. Most of these distilleries were lost as a result of macroglobal conditions, such as Prohibition, world wars or financial crises. As a result, many of the unique and venerable brands in the Scotch whisky industry were considered permanently lost - until now.
The Lost Distillery Company is an independent boutique Scotch Whisky company that is determined to create unique, modern expressions of the legendary whiskies that were distilled nearly a century ago. "We are obsessive about our craft and uncompromising when it comes to whisky quality," says Michael Moss, the distillery's Master Archivist. Moss is a Professor of Archival Science at the University of Glasgow and focuses on ten critical components in order to accurately recreate whiskies that were distilled nearly a century ago.
The ten critical components are the date of last distillation, the region within which the distillery was located, the distillery's water source, the distillery's barley source, the distillery's yeast source, the distillery's drying process, the distillery's mash tun, the distillery's wash back, the distillery's still and the type of wood that was used to mature the whisky. Once these components are determined, Moss and his team of archivists and whisky makers marry together single malt whiskies from distilleries across Scotland in order to create a present day interpretation of that long lost whisky legend.
The Lost Distillery Auchnagie Malt Scotch Whisky is the first release from The Lost Distillery Company. It is a recreation of a single malt whisky produced at the Auchnagie Distillery, which was situated in the village of Tulliemet and operated from 1812 through 1912. The whisky has an aroma of earthy minerals, dried citrus (particularly peaches) and malted grains. The aroma gives way to round notes of creamy vanilla and fruits, which are complemented by undertones of peat, flowers and caramel. The finish is lingering and smooth, with a touch of smoke.
The Lost Distillery Stratheden Malt Scotch Whisky is the second release from The Lost Distillery Company and is a recreation of a single malt whisky distilled at Stratheden Distillery. The distillery had been operating for nearly three centuries until 1926, when it was closed as a result of Prohibition. The whisky has a more fruity character than Auchnagie, with an aroma of apples, pears and dried citrus. Bold notes of caramel, espresso and toffee dominate the palate, and lead to a long finish with touches of warming spices, smoke, cinnamon and oak.
Once the malt whiskies used to recreate each of these single malts have been married together, they are prepared for bottling. "While our ten key components are critical in determining the flavor profile of a whisky we recreate," says Moss, "it's just as important to recognize what wasn't in the whisky. A century ago, there was no such thing as chill filtration or caramel colouring of the final product. That's why we don't do either of these things today."
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92 (46% ABV) each
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Auchnagie: Aroma of earthy minerals, dried citrus (particularly peaches) and malted grains. Notes of creamy vanilla and fruits on the palate, which are complemented by undertones of peat, flowers and caramel. Finish is lingering and smooth, with a touch of smoke.