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Singlemalting #241 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 15 – Lossit Archivist

G’day whisky pilgrims and welcome to another glorious day to discover new and delicious whisky flavors.

Today we ante up a little on the Lost Distillery company with one from their Archivist range that typically include whiskies that are pushing into and beyond the 20 year old range.

Artists rendition of Lossit Distillery

The Lossit distillery was operating on Islay between 1817 and 1867. You can get a thorough grounding in the history and story of Lossit at the Lost Distillery Website (note that their website is being rehashed right now so you may need to come back and read all the detail of this distillery). We had the Lossit Classic as part of our 4th edition calendar so lets see how much more complex this much older version is.

Lost Distillery Company Lossit Archivist – Islay – 46%abv – no colour and no chill filtration.

Colour:    Very pale gold and makes me lean towards only American oak influence on this one.

Nose:         True to it’s Islay roots there is certainly some brine, earth and damp wood with a touch of fireplace soot. Some fruit here as well, poached Fuji apples.

Palate:        Salt and Vinegar Mrs Vickies chips but with a whole lot more going on. The sooty element is there and is a bit like sitting in an old car and flipping open one of those metal ash trays for passengers in the back seat. A combination of old panelling, ash and carpet but in a good way. Reminds me a bit of driving in my grandfathers car. The Fuji apple peeks through but for me the palate seems more about the darker side of Islay than the fruity side.

Finish:       The 46% holds its own and helps deliver a nice long finish. Touch of zesty acid quality that takes me back to the apple and malt vinegar. Still salty but not overpowering. Would love to sit down and watch a movie while sipping this dram. If I was around when Lossit was distilling I think a nice quiet corner in an Islay pub with a tipple of their Single Malt would have been heavenly.

On this day in our 5th edition we had the Secret Spirits Caol Ila 8 Year Old that came to be known as Smoldering Secrets on our 700ml bottles. There are still just a few of them available.

Don’t forget about our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig reviews.

Tomorrow we are heading to the Highlands for another Secret Spirits cask. This one is a real humdinger. Good luck Single Malt Review.

Only 10 days to go now until the Christmas day dram. As always it will be 30 years or older and from a region that we have never had in this coveted spot.

Can hardly wait…




Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar

Singlemalting #182 – Day 16 – 4th Edition SWAC – Lost Distillery Company Lossit Classic

Today we take another peek behind history’s curtain at another Distillery recreation by Lost Distillery Company. Lossit Distillery was on Islay between 1817 and 1867. You can get a thorough grounding in the history and story of Lossit at the Lost Distillery Website. This is a very cool recreation especially for Islay fans. Lets see what this take on a very old distillery is like in our glass.

Lossit Distillery on Islay

Lost Distillery Company Lossit Classic Blended Malt – bottled at 43% ABV

Colour:   Wedding ring gold

Nose:    Smoky hot chocolate topped with a cardamon pod.

Palate:    Light earth and chocolate continue. Islay distilleries at that time used peat as a function of malting the barley but were not as obsessed with infusing each whisky with as much peat as possible.

Finish:  Warming, earthy with some white chocolate making its mark on the finish intermingling with the still persistent milk chocolate. This is a really nice dram and would be a good transition for those wanting to dip their toe into the Islay waters.

Scottish Milk and White chocolate together

We can’t know for certain of course without our own time machine if the boys at Lost Distillery have this close to the original. I think though with the amount of homework they do for each expression this would be a very close guess. One thing for sure these Lost Distillery drams bring another spectrum of flavors to the whisky world.

On Day 16 in the 3rd edition we had the excellent Samaroli Islay 2016 edition.

Tomorrow we start our run towards Christmas with something older and sherried from our Italian connection Samaroli.

As always head on over to check out a true master of his craft at Scotch Trooper. It has been a real privilege to have him work with us this year and I can hardly wait to see what he has in store for Christmas day. It’s going to be a hard act to follow for whoever takes up the guest blogging spot for our 5th edition.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow as we share a Samaroli dram together.