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- Brand: The Lost Distillery Company
- ABV: 46%
The Lost Distillery Company was established with the aim to recreate modern expressions of whiskies from long lost distilleries in Scotland. In order to come up with individual whisky profiles that are as authentic as possible, the team at The Lost Distillery Company has chosen an approach that combines meticulous historical research performed by archivists with the interpretation of modern-day whisky makers. The company uses neither chill-filtration nor caramel colouring as these techniques were unknown and not used within the whisky industry at the time. Their Gerston Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is the third release in the series and pays tribute to Gerston distillery (or ‘Gerston One’) that was located in Halkirk in the far north of Scotland and operated between 1796 and 1882.
The nose is salty and distinctly smoky. After the initial rush of peat there are vanilla and apple flavours, followed by apricots and marzipan. A hint of leather appears later on. This is a promising start, with smoky and fruity flavours perfectly interwoven.
The palate is medium-bodied and dry. Smoke and a phenolic note come to the fore right at the beginning, accompanied by flavours of vanilla, apricots, and a touch of liquorice. Similar to the nose, the palate offers a complex interplay between smoky/salty and fruity flavours.
The finish is long, smoky and dry. The smoke has now taken on a sooty and ashy character. Sweet wood spice and a touch of chocolate round it all off.
You may or may not take a fancy to the Lost Distillery Company’s approach to recreating long lost whiskies, however I find it hard to dispute that with their ‘Gerston’ expression they have put together a very fine product. I was and still am very impressed with this whisky – this is not a marketing stunt but nothing less than an exquisitely balanced blend! No surprise therefore that I am eagerly awaiting their next releases.