About The Lost Distillery Gerston Malt Scotch Whisky
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 Gerston Malt Scotch Whisky is a recreation of a single malt whisky distilled at Gerston Distillery, which existed in two iterations — Gerston One (1796-1882), which was a small, family-sized operation that nonetheless gained customers throughout London, India and Brazil, and Gerston Two (1886-1914), which was more of an industrial scale operation with ten times the production capacity of Gerston One. While Gerston Two could never quite emulate the success of its predecessor — ultimately Gerston Two was demolished in in 1914 — the Gerston name will forever be remembered for its excellent quality and early popularity in the style of lightly peated, malted barley now synonymous with the Highlands region in Scotland.
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."
As a result of this recreation process, The Lost Distillery Gerston Malt Scotch Whisky has notes of bitter orange, fresh linens and toffee on the nose, and a palate marked by cereal grains, roasted nuts, raisins and licorice. The finish is powerful with notes of peat, seaweed and sweet butter candy.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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