Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey is among the first peated whiskeys that Lost Spirits brought into the world using their reactor and it’s gained a bit of a legendary status in the whiskey community. Some people like it, a few love it and some people hate it. It’s a polarizing whiskey and something of a fork in the road for the industry. One lane towards tradition and the other towards technology.
In Lost Spirit’s Words: Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey
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One of the most interesting things about this whiskey is where the peat came from… Canada. Yup, the Great White North. So if technology-based, quick-aging and Canadian peat have piqued your interest head on down to the Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey review below for a deeper dive.
Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey Info
Region: California, USA
Distiller: Lost Spirits
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: Non – quick aged with wood chips
Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Price: $70 (when available)
Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey Review
Dry woody smoke, old cocoa, prunes, ash, alcohol and a bit of dried citrus and malty sweetness.
Dry woody smoke, ash, pine, acetone, prunes, raw wood, cinnamon and a bit of old cocoa and citrus.
Long smoky drawl of prunes, cinnamon, ash and mint.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Not well balanced, medium body and a chalky dry feel.
Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey is… not something I enjoyed. I know Lost Spirits can make some delicious stuff, especially when it comes to rum, but their whiskeys, especially their early batches like this, always taste off to me. I will say the current Abomination red label isn’t terrible, but still not quite in the wheelhouse of something I’d reach for on a regular basis.
I’ve had the Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey on several occasions, but this is the first time I’ve had a sample I could sit and take my time with, in my home, and review; what I can say about it is that it’s a bit aggressive, bitter and a has an overall characteristic of a brush fire. But like I said, things have gotten better for them since this one so keep that in mind when looking to taste some of their stuff.
SCORE: 75/100 (C)
Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey Review - Score Breakdown
- Nose - 75
- Palate - 75
- Finish - 75
- Balance, Body & Feel - 75
Gotta say... I don't care much for the Leviathan 1 Single Malt Whiskey. I like the later editions much more.