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Lodestar releases inaugural whiskey

Distill Ventures-backed Lodestar Whiskey has launched an expression that blends high-rye Bourbon and American single malt.

Lodestar Whiskey
Lodestar Whiskey aims to make spirits more ‘approachable’

Distill Ventures is a spirits accelerator backed by Diageo. It invested in female-owned Lodestar Whiskey in 2023.

The expression has an ABV of 45% and retails for US$45 for a 750ml bottle.

It has notes of ‘caramel, citrus and warm baking spices’ from the rye, alongside an ‘approachable, smooth finish’ from the single malt.

Lodestar Whiskey was founded by cousins and entertainment industry veterans Anna Axster and Wendelin von Schroder, who aimed to create an ‘inclusive and approachable’ whiskey.

“Building community is one of our guiding principles,” said co-founder Axster.

“As we began developing the brand, it was important to us that our whiskey is approachable, with a uniquely delicious flavour you can enjoy neat or in a cocktail.

“We wanted it to be inclusive and inviting to those who are new to the whiskey community while also satisfying the palates of those who enjoy whiskey regularly. Lodestar invites everyone to the party.”

Von Schroder added: “Our golden rule is simple: bring joy to the journey and invite your friends.

“We love kicking back with our favourite people, a good spirit in hand. It’s all about connecting and a sense of belonging. We hope however people choose to gather, that their good times are made extra special with Lodestar.”

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