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Lost Spirits Abomination - The Crying of the Puma

Overall rating
81.65/100
votes
26
Whiskybase ID
WB92780
Category
Spirit
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
54.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Market
us United States
Added on
16 Feb 2017 5:17 pm by holborndrinker
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 63.46

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26 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lost Spirits Abomination - The Crying of the Puma

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.65 points

  1. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Lost Spirits Abomination Chapter 1 Crying of the Puma 54%. Consumed Jan 2020. The concept here is that this company has put some wood into some Islay new-ish make spirit (with a year's oak aging on it) and applied vibrations or somesuch in a 'reactor' to attempt to speed up maturation. So it's not technically a vvhisky, but it's intended to have the same profile. Very dark orange. Aroma is oily rag, some burnt orange, gloss paint on wood, some harsh resin, faint smoke, paraffin and coal gas, faint fruits. Multifaceted but certainly rough. Nose isn't quite right for me, despite having some approximations of a good Islay vvhisky. Taste is quite potent, one dimensional woody-toffee, oily peaty smoke with some burnt orange. It has a nice taste. Plenty of rough edges and lacking complexity. Not overly bitter or woody. Tastes genuinely like vvhisky, and like a pretty good one. The reactor seems to have added some nice rounded 'cask' character but without taming and/or maturing the spirit. Taste is good. It's a bit confusing because there are aspects that let it down but I'm enjoying it quite a lot on the whole. 3.55/85

  2. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Made from heavily peated Scotch spirit from Islay (peated to approximately 45-55ppm) that had been traditionally aged in wood for 12 to 18 months and then put it in Bryan Davis's patent-pending reactor called THEA for a few days, along with American oak staves “seasoned with late-harvest Riesling,” according to the labels. One set of staves was toasted (The Crying Of The Puma), one was charred (The Sayers Of The Law). 

  3. GJR scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      70 70

  4. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    The reactor conditions for The Crying of the Puma were not really working for me, since spirit and wood-extracted flavours did not work together.
    • Nose
      77 77
      Oh yeah, we have some Islay peat over here, loads of it, with cigars, coal dust, bonfires, cigarettes. These are covered with a sauce of sweetness, which I cannot really pin down. Must be the Riesling-infused oak chips. The problem is that is feels very artificial and is lacking a sense of cohesion. The sharp smoke and wood-ish element keep dominating the nose. I think we should fast-forward to the second batch.
    • Taste
      55 55
      Ashes, coal, wood, graphite mixed with pencil shavings. The palate is lacking the sweetness of the nose and feels like a very, very young Islay spirit (peaty Bunnahabhain?), and this does not feel older than 3 years, I would say. Also some weird notes appear in between that I cannot really bring into words, but they are not very pleasant. What I really do miss here is some sort of fruitiness.
    • Finish
      65 65
      More of the above.

  5. M134481 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. hans1971 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Jevan scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Jevan scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This dram has a lot of complexity but lacks balance in that I find the spices and the iodiney peat fighting for supremacy rather than peacefully co-existing. That said, it is interesting but somewhat spoiled by sour and astringent notes. 83
    • Nose
      Up front, earthy, farmyardy peat. slight hint of red fruit, like cherries. Next something sharper and a tad unpleasant, almost urine-like. Then some dusty old wood. With water, the nose improved losing the unpleasant odours to be replaced by iodine and sandalwood with spices like cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Quite sour and astringent up front. Very mouth drying with lots of white & black pepper,  cinnamon and even a hint of chilli/paprika. Then the peat smoke comes in and coats the mouth. with water more red fruit and a touch of acetone.
    • Finish
      Medium, very drying, lots of tannins and spice in the finish. The peat still coats the mouth in competition with the spice

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    He goes through as a good young Islay whiskey with a lot of barrel influence. I noticed no New Make notes or youthfulness, but neat pepper, which in turn speaks rather for a not too long matured distillate. It is delicious and I think it can compete with many young bassy whiskey from Islay. Almost 6 years in 6 days. Surprised.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, some sweat, thyme, a good portion of oak, cinnamon, some wine. By the time he gets very sweet, glazed bacon, BBQ sauce, slightly burnt gum
    • Taste
      Nice onset, quite strong, pepper, peat smoke, orderly austere oak, slightly decent flavored fruit.
    • Finish
      Long, but not too long, peat, pepper, menthol dark chocolate, some bacon.

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Undoubtedly a very good spirit, and it certainly rival mature counterparts from Islay. When tasting both of the Abomination whiskies, I couldn't help but be reminded of the Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength.
    • Nose
      It displays similar aromas of vegetal peat and sauerkraut. A big whiff of cinnamon and also smoked peppers, followed by licorice, cocoa powder and burnt coffee.
    • Taste
      Very savoury. Smoky barbecue notes accompanied by a hit of pepper and peat smoke, with iodine also making an appearance. Finally a whisper of strong, dark coffee.
    • Finish
      Coffee, before returning to iodine and peat. Long.

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