In 1850, three Bavarian immigrants, named Henry, Emanuel, and Meyer Lehman, founded Lehman Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama.
For over 150 years their company went from strength to strength. But on September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers made history with the largest bankruptcy filing America had ever seen.
And that’s where our story starts. Our master malter has crafted three whiskies that tell the tale of the rise, and fall of Lehman Brothers – a tale too fantastic for mere words.
With cleverness, bullishness, excess, power and glory in every drop, these are whiskies for the new masters of the universe – and like Lehman Brothers itself, they go down in style.
Lehman Brothers’ Whiskies – the spirit of the age of shameful excess
Human eyes are amazing; with them, one can see the ups and downs of a story from a single image. The ears, can hear the nuances of a story from a melody that has no words. With our hands, we can feel the heart of a story, simply, from how they are held.
Your palate will tell you a story too…
And there is indeed such a story to tell, it’s a rich, layered, and shameful story of banking legend. You will taste the snappy spice of it’s tumultuous turns, and the seductive sweet flavours of greed that paved their way.
You will note the viscosity reminiscent of its outrageous fortune, and a contrite peat of the strangely peaceful quiet that survived it.
Renowned master blenders have purposefully crafted this cohesion of malt whisky spirits, and more, to tell you this story.
Here lies an entire legacy – unashamedly bottled and poised for discovery in just one earnest sip.
Taste Lehman Brothers. And you taste a little part of history.Like us on Facebook
Nose: A hint of smoke and a handful of spice, the scent of a just-lit Havana at the end of a day’s desperate trading
Mouth: Toffee-like and heavy, a cloud of eastern spices, the bell ringing in the start of trading on the Tokyo Exchange; dry on the tongue – a trader’s mouth as he watches the ticker plummet
Finish: Sweetness arriving late, a volatile stock’s slight revival; scent of incinerated documents; almost irresistible desire to sip again
Serving suggestion: Perfect with reckless manoeuvers, long gambles, and explosive consequences.
Nose: Wicked suggestion of burning banknotes, a hint of ripe autumn fruit, about to fall
Mouth: Smoky, but not overpoweringly so, and then hopeful citrus notes that sing like the green rind of young fruits growing in ash-manured earth
Finish: Crisp cinnamon and honey notes, fresh and light as a new beginning
Serving suggestion: Broach at the start of a journey or long voyage; drink in springtime and early Summer; perfect for the inauguration of new ventures. Drink with company.
Nose: Grass freshly cut from perfectly manicured Long Island mansion lawns; floral notes carried on a breeze to a balcony in the Hamptons
Mouth: Rich as a Lehman broker, and full as his bill-fold; smooth and complex – an Italian-made woolen suit
Finish: Smooth and well rounded, redolent with the fruits of speculation – and honey collected from brilliantly timed trades
Serving suggestion: Perfect for when Fortune is with you and you are riding your luck. Tastes best when you are sitting on top of the world.