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If you’re looking for a way to enjoy some of the best drams from the past, look no further than The Lost Distillery Company.

Breathing new life into long gone brands, this company is innovating in the Scotch industry.

The Brand

Unlike brands that have tried this in the past, The Lost Distillery Company don’t use Whisky to work out what the malt would have tasted like.

Instead, they use history and location, looking at archives, documents and where the distillery was based. From here, they build a flavour profile that tells them everything they need to know about the drams they seek to recreate.

A lot of love and effort is poured into the whole thing and some truly remarkable drams have been created.

The Blends

Auchnagie

Closed in 1911 due to poor transport links Auchnagie was opened in 1812 by James Duff.

The nose is full of sweet malt and cereal notes, with a lovely hint of spice and lots of fruit.

The palate has lots of honey and apples, with a really rich and deep spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg abound.

The finish is elegant, with lots of fruit and lasting notes of malted barley.

Stratheden

Founded by Alexander Bromthorne, in 1829, Stratheden lasted until 1926, when it as forced to close due to the depression and prohibition.

The nose is incredibly sweet, with madeira cake, marzipan and sweet pastries. It is rich and leathery, with a little hint of tobacco.

The palate takes on a slightly saltier note, with some deeper seaside notes. The sweet pastries and marzipan really come through.

There is a hint of spice, with some cinnamon and nutmeg that lasts into the finish.

Towiemore

Once an incredibly well known and loved distillery, Towiemore closed in 1931 when it lost its water supply, having only been open since 1898.

The nose begins with banana and exotic fruits, with some baked sponge cake and spicy sherry notes.

On the palate, the spices become well defined. Milk chocolate and cream also come through, as does spicy oak wood.

The finish is lingering and deep, with a little bit more oak wood, turning into vanilla.

Dalaruan

One of the gems in the Campbeltown crown before it all crumbled, Dalaruan was started by Charles Colvill in 1895 and shut its doors in 1925.

The nose is soft, with amazing notes of honey and fruit. It is a warm orchard in spring. There is a slight smokiness as well.

The palate is rich, with lots more smoke and fruit flavours. Apples, pears and clementines abound, with soft notes of hazelnuts and pecans.

The finish is bold, with lots of sweet flavours and little bit of spice.

Lossit

Founded by Malcolm MacNeill, this Islay distillery was once very successful. It was closed in 1867 due to isolation.

The nose begins with a hefty whiff of peat smoke and seaside tones. Cigar smoke, leather and mahogany are also there. There is a slightly sweeter side with hints of chocolate and fruit.

The palate is sweeter still, with nuts and more chocolate. Pears and apples smothered with cinnamon also offer a change from the smoke and salt.

It ends well, with lots of spices and sweetness.

Gerston

Based in Caithness, this distillery was founded in 1796 and closed in 1886 when its water supply ran out.

The nose is bold and fresh, with lots of herbal notes and clean linen. Cooked apple, pears and apricots also come out, with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

The palate is peaty and smooth, with a little hint of caramel. The fruit is slightly tangy and goes well with the warming spices.

The finish is exceptional and lingers on peat smoke and spice.

Jericho

Based in Nether Jericho in Aberdeenshire, this distillery was once very popular. It closed in 1913 due to isolation, having been opened in 1822.

The nose is full of sherry spice and sweet nuts. There is a slightly bitter coffee flavour, with sponge cake and rich dried fruits such as dates and figs.

The palate develops on the sweeter notes, bringing in a creamier chocolate flavours and a rich caramel and vanilla note. The oak of the cask is also there.

The finish is strong and lingers on vanilla and cinnamon.

The Lost Distillery Company are really innovating in the Scotch industry, and although they may be looking to recreate the past, they are definitely looking forward. An intriguing brand to explore.

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