Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Lost Spirits Technology LLC is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company two key patents governing its revolutionary distilled spirits maturation process. The US patent applications 14/594,944 and 14/795,841 have been issued notices of allowance by USPTO. They describe processes for maturing distilled spirits involving heat driven esterification and photocatalytic polymer degradation of oak barrel staves. Lost Spirits has shown that its patented process creates chemical reactions in distilled spirits similar to those that take place in oak barrels over the course of decades.
Bryan Davis, the inventor named on both patents, has published data demonstrating that the new technology can nearly identically match the chemical signature of a 20-year-old rum, but do so in under a week's time. Since 2010, US-based Lost Spirits Distillery has been refining a process that rapidly accelerates the ageing process of spirits such as whiskey, rum and Tequila. Co-founded by Bryan Davis, Lost Spirits publicly unveiled its Thea One reactor in 2015. The technology forces a chemical composition within new make liquid that it is near identical to that of an aged variety.
“We haven’t made something approximating the flavor of an aged rum – we actually made an aged rum,” Davis has said that “Our technology is the only one that can stand up to forensic chemistry as there’s a big difference between just replacing parts of the process with creating a molecule-by-molecule map.” Now, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company key patents governing its maturation process associated with Thea One.