The Lost Distillery Company, a boutique Scotch producer, has announced the launch of three new whiskies in the U.S. market. The new blended malt whiskies – Benachie, Towiemore, and Lossit — are a part of the Classic Selection.
The Lost Distillery Company “brings back forgotten Scotch whiskies back to life with a modern interpretation,” the company says. Founders Brian Woods and Scott Watson worked together with their archiving team which includes Scotch whisky historian Professor Michael Moss at the University of Glasgow, to revive historic whiskies that “showcase the diverse regions of Scotland; Highland, Speyside, Lowland, Campbeltown and Islay.”
After nine months of historical research, the archivist team unfolded the story of each distillery and analyzed the 10 components to deduce how the whisky would have tasted when it was last distilled over 100 years ago. By locating the original source of water they can note the mineral content and whether it was hard or soft, the company says.
Another element is to review which type of wood was used to store or transport the spirit and what the barrel had in it before the whisky. Once the background and components have been collected and reviewed, the archivists and whisky makers brought the spirits back to life by blending single malts from different distilleries.
The bottles are coated in black to represent the color of the glass used in the Victorian period. Each bottle showcases a unique history with the label reflecting the story of the namesake distillery.
The Benachie Distillery was founded by William Smith in Nether Jericho, Aberdeenshire in 1822 and closed in 1913 due to isolation; the Towiemore Distillery opened in 1898 by whisky entrepreneur Peter Dawson in Botriphnie, Dufftown, Speyside and closed in 1931 due to water supply issues; the Lossit Distillery was originally created by Malcom MacNeill in 1817 in Ballygrant, Islay and closed due to isolation in 1867.
The Lost Distillery Company’s scotch whiskies are available in 750-ml expressions: Benachie Classic Selection (SRP $43), Lossit Classic Selection (SRP $43) and Towiemore Classic Selection (SRP $43).
The Lost Distillery Company is imported by Park Street and is available nationally.