Lost Distillery Gerston
Lost Distillery // Scotland
Lost Distillery recreates close approximations of whisky from distilleries that have long been mothballed for various (usually economic) reasons, but with extensive documented evidence about them in tact. Gerston existed as two separate distilleries - from 1796-1882 as a well respected small scale operation owned by the Swanson family, and then from 1886-1914 as a large scale commercial facility producing 80,000 gallons per year - in the northern area of Halkirk in Caithness. Gerston One was a peated malt, likely aged in ex-rum casks, while evidence suggests Gerston Two was unpeated. This tasting note refers to the Deluxe and not the Vintage release of this blended malt.
Blended MaltComprised of malted whisk(e)y from two or more distilleries; aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Although it's not specified, they seem to have gone for a recapturing of the Gerston One strong peated flavors here. Dried fruits, vanilla, cashews and spices mix with a strong maritime iodine funk that emanates from the glass and on the palate. Unfortunately this somewhat enjoyable mixture of flavors rapidly drops off as if rushing toward a cliff. A little water opens it up more and extends the finish."