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Lost Spirits Distillery

Bryan Alexander Davis was forced to pursue his passions far from home, because making absinthe was illegal in the United States for more than 100 years. Then, in 2007, the ban was finally lifted (hurray!). Bryan and partner Joanne Haruta decided to return home to California to open their own distillery. He hand-built oak wooden stills (usually they're made of steel) and began combining his knowledge of traditional techniques with his love of scientific experimentation. The results are both distinctly his and distinctly Californian. 

Davis might be most well known for his Leviathan Whiskey series. He set out to make a single malt whiskey inspired by Scotch but using North America-native ingredients and his own innovative techniques. He smokes locally sourced organic barley in a hand-built kiln over Canadian peat. The peat comes from an evergreen forest, so it's made of layers of conifer trees that have partly decomposed over thousands over years. This peat gives Leviathan a totally distinctive flavor, with layers of smoke, but also coffee and chocolate, which isn't typical of Scotch peat sources. 

There's also a slight saltiness, which probably comes from fermenting the grains in a light salt water solution (sourced from the Pacific ocean) before distilling the mash on their custom built still.

Get these bottles fast, because Davis' products go quick in our shop! (They're super small batch, and some are unique projects). We're always incredibly excited to taste what he comes up with next. 

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