Jim Murray's famous 2018 Whisky Bible has awarded 94 points and its coveted Liquid Gold designation to Lost Spirits Abomination, a peated malt "aged" in just 6 days utilizing Lost Spirits' revolutionary patented technology.
The Whisky Bible contains over 4,600 ratings of the world's top whiskies, and Liquid Gold is only awarded to those scoring at least 94 points -- representing the top 5% of all whiskies cataloged in the "bible." Lost Spirits has made history by becoming the first spirits-maker to reach the pinnacle of whisky making by "hacking" the chemistry of barrel aging.
Lost Spirits entered two peated malts into the judging: Abomination - Crying of the Puma and Abomination - Sayers of the Law. Both started as Scottish malts so young they cannot yet legally be labeled whisky. The spirits were then finished in California over 6 days utilizing Lost Spirits' revolutionary patented technology. The Crying of the Puma expression nearly also achieved the Liquid Gold designation, scoring 93 points. No additives or flavorings of any kind were utilized from start to finish.
The technology works by exposing oak to high intensity light and heat while suspended in a glass tube filled with unaged or young distilled spirit. The combination of specific wavelengths of light and heat has been proven to trigger the same chemical reactions that happen in casks aged for many years. Link.
Lost Spirits Co-Founder and inventor Bryan Davis said, "We created our technology because we wanted to find a better way to make the spirits we like to drink. We didn't set out to make well-aged spirits more accessible and affordable, by eliminating the time and cost of decades spent aging in a barrel, though our tech does that very well. Rather we wanted to make some big progress. We think we've probably done that, but we'll let spirits fans be the judge."
In May 2017, Davis' work was covered in an 8-page spread in WIRED Magazine. Lost Spirits has won numerous awards for its revolutionary spirits-making, including the Global Prize for Innovation from international trade publication, The Spirits Business magazine. According to Huffington Post writer Tony Sachs, "Lost Spirits Abomination may be the future of American Whisky." The Lost Spirits LA Arts District facility has been called the "Willy Wonka Booze Factory" by numerous publications.