For me, the close of summer means a visit to Estes Park, Colorado. And while I’m there, one of the places I always visit is the Stanley Hotel. More specifically, I pay a visit (or three) to the Stanley Hotel’s Cascades Whiskey Bar.
The Stanley Hotel Whiskey Bar continues to stock a wide selection of whiskey – bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and American – with premium selections of each. The bar has also more recently begun to feature whiskey flights, which is very helpful when being tasked to select from so many different choices.
This most recent visit, I decided to try the bar’s flight featuring three of their single barrel whiskey picks – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon, Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon, and Lossit Scotch Pedro-Ximenez Sherry Cask Finish.
Having tried many of the Russell’s and Knob Creek single barrel picks around Wichita, I had a good idea of what to expect going into the flight. And I was not disappointed. The bar picked two outstanding barrels, which both highlighted each of the bourbon’s strengths – the spicy fruit of the Russell’s and the punchy brown sugar and caramel for the Knob Creek.
But what really piqued my interest was the third selection – the Lossit Scotch Pedro-Ximenez Sherry Cask. It is becoming increasingly rare for me to not recognize a bottle’s label, much less to have no familiarity with a bottle’s producer whatsoever.
Lossit Scotch is produced by The Lost Distillery Company. An independent bottler of Scotch, the Lost Distillery Company began in 2012 with a mission to pay homage to the history of several “lost” distilleries in Scotland.
The Lost Distillery Company’s website helps show how seriously the company is when it comes to Scotland’s distillery history. Boiled down – The Lost Distillery Company has studied the production methods utilized by several classic distilleries that closed long ago. The Lost Distillery Company then sources Scotch from existing (undisclosed) distilleries in Scotland, blends them, and then tries to recreate as closely as possible what some of these shuttered distilleries would have produced, in part through teaming up with a history professor at the University of Scotland.
The particular bottle I tried is a recreation of the Lossit distillery, which closed in 1867. The Lossit distillery was located on the Islay region of Scotland (near where Caol Ila is operating currently). When it was in production, Lossit was the highest producer by volume of whiskey in the Islay region.
For the particular barrel selected for the Stanley Hotel Cascades Whiskey Bar, the Lossit Scotch was finished in Pedro-Ximenez Sherry Casks.
With all of that backdrop, here are some tasting notes:
The Lost Distillery Company’s Lossit Scotch Pedro-Ximenez Sherry Cask Finish (NAS, 86 proof)
Nose: Soft peat, pear, seaweed, butterscotch, peanut butter, sourdough, sunflower seeds, vanilla extract. The sherry cask influence was not readily apparent on the nose.
Palate: The gentle peat introduces some savory notes, but then is complimented by a lot of fruit, including pear, oranges, and apricot. The sherry cask also comes through here, but not in a heavy-handed fashion, making me think the finishing was probably closer to a matter of weeks as opposed to months. There is also a distinct barley and almond flavor. Very reminiscent of Amrut Fusion.
Finish: The peat continues, with the grain taking a sweeter turn, very similar to Cinnamon Life cereal. The mouth coating texture helps extend the finish for quite some time, with the sherry notes coming through near the end.
This was a fascinating whisky, with a great backstory to boot. Great pick by the Stanley Hotel Cascades Whiskey Bar.
For more discussion on the Lossit Scotch and Stanley Hotel, check out our interview on the Accidental Travelers podcast episode #22 – found here.
Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com