"The Whisky spent over 44 years in cask before its discovery by Last Drop, yet remains remarkably lively and supple." Alice Lascelles
On Monday 3rd of April, Tom Jago Founder and President of The Last Drop was made a Master of the Quaich by the Keepers of the Quaich. The Keepers of the Quaich is an exclusive and international society that recognises those that have shown an outstanding commitment to the Scotch Whisky industry. Only selected members of the industry receive the recognition of being made a Keeper of the Quaich, and even fewer will ever receive the rank of Master of the Quaich, which is reserved for those who have made an exceptional contribution to the industry. At the age of 91, Tom was unable to travel to the ceremony, so the award was received on his behalf by his daughter, Rebecca, accompanied by his long time friend and partner in The Last Drop, James Espey
“I am humbly proud of the honour of being made a Master of the Keepers. The award is the more emotional since I was there at the beginning, when the Keepers was just a glitter is James’s eye. I shall enjoy my evening dram from my gleaming silver Quaich, and drink the health of the Keepers – a cheerful band.” Said Tom.
Below is the citation of Tom from the ceremony:
Cutting his teeth with W&A Gilbeys in the 1960's, Tom went on to work with both IDV, UDV, Seagram, his greatest legacies being the creation of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the Classic Malts range, Chivas Regal 18yo and more recently The Last Drop - all projects working hand in glove with his dear friend, James Espey.
Revered by many as a proper 'renaissance' man, Tom's profound vision, incisive style and ability to think differently always set him apart from the crowd, especially when armed with an irrepressible glint in the eye and infectious mischief in his smile. Indeed, it is fair to say that Tom's influence has truly moved the industry in a way that few could ever dream to match.
Forever the ultimate gentleman of Scotch whisky, it is the Society's profound honour to welcome Tom Jago to the rank of Master of the Quaich.
"We are the ‘gatekeepers between the good and the great’. A number of lovely spirits have been rejected because they simply were not good enough" Rebecca Jago.
"This whisky spent more than 44 years in cask before it was discovered by The Last Drop team, and yet it remains remarkably lively and supple - it's a beauty."
"On the nose, vibrant, slightly green, aromas of nectarine, celery seed and wet bracken lend freshness to more mature, oaky notes of custard creams and white truffle. On the palate a touch of characteristic grain silkiness is contrasted with peppery yuzu and fragrant peach slices, softening to a long, mellow finish redolent of spice-dusted egg custard and smoky mocha."
To read the article online: How to Spend it
"So lively It almost arrogantly defies the years..."
Jim Murray, 2017 Whisky Bible
2017 will be year of Vintages, beginning with our 1972 Lochside Single Grain this month and culminating with an exceptional 1971 Vintage Blended Scotch in September. Vintage whisky is becoming increasingly difficult to find, the supply dwindling while the demand is soaring... But thankfully our treasure hunters got their hands on some extraordinary liquid, and here we are, with the very first launch of 2017:
Based in the town of Montrose in the Highland Region the Lochside distillery started life as a brewery under the ownership of James Deuchar & Sons Ltd. Closed by Scottish and Newcastle it was then purchased by Macnab Distilleries Ltd in 1957. Rapidly converted to a distillery, it started to produce malt and grain whisky and was at time one of the most beloved of Highland grain distilleries...
In 1973, Macnad Distilleries was purchased by the Spanish company DYC which was in turn purchased by Allied Distillers. The Lochside Distillery closed its doors in 1992 to the regret of many whisky lovers and was sadly demolished in 2004 -2005.
We could only produce 106 bottles of the 1972 Lochside Single Grain, all from the cask number 346. Bottled in 2017 it is just over 44 years old.
An extract of Andrew Rankin's tasting notes:
“On the nose, a delicious dry fruitiness with a hint of fresh hay and aniseed followed by toffee and honey.
On the palate, a fresh, crisp mouth-feel with vanilla, caramelised apple and a noticeable, oaky richness.
The finish has a pleasant and lingering richness of fruit and aromatic cherries with pleasant peppery hints and lingering balanced oak."
The Last Drop Distillers was selected to be part of Great British Brands 2017. Created by Country&Town House, Great British Brands showcases 150 greatest brands to watch in British luxury. It is published annually in December.
Lucia Van der Post, Editor: “We have asked our experts to identify the up-and-coming stars of the future, from fashion to food.
The world of British Luxury is, it seems, rich, varied and very much alive and kicking.”
"It is sufficient to say that this was truly a once in a lifetime tasting experience. These bottling are the rarest of the rare. Each of the whiskies was exceptional, balanced, elegant. The cognac was also incredibly floral and delicate.
When tasting whiskies like these I find that my senses are heightened by the unrepeatable nature of the whole thing"
2016 was a very exciting year for The Last Drop! We have chosen some of our favourite moments and memories of 2016 to share with you.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy 2017
"A beguiling collection themselves, the great & the good of the spirits sector have formed The Last Drop Distillers, launching a number of exceptionally rare whiskies including a 50 year old ‘double matured’ blend limited to only 898 bottles."
To read the article online: Spear's
Rebecca Jago & Beanie Espey were given their Freedom of the City of London and they were officially made members of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.
This marks a new step in the recognition of the youngest Directors of The Last Drop Directors within the Industry.
The Worshipful Company of Distillers was incorporated in 1938 and officially recognised in 1774 through an Act of Parliament. The company was, however, active in the early regulation of the trade at grass roots level and lobbied Parliament against regulation. Today the aims of the Company are to be at the “Hub of the Spirits Industry" by increasing awareness of the Company, education and conviviality of Fellowship among Liverymen.
October saw the official launch of the 1961 Dumbarton Single Grain Scotch Whisky. With only 32 bottles available worldwide, the Dumbarton is The Last Drop's smallest and most exclusive release to date, so we felt it deserved a very special launch.
Due to its extremely limited size, the release of The Dumbarton was reserved only for very special customers who have been on The Last Drop journey since it began in 2008. From London to the USA via China, guests were invited to a Last Drop Gastronomic Experience during which they had the opportunity to taste every Whisky and Cognac released since the company began. Each spirit was paired with a dish especially created to complement and highlight its flavours.
In London, the event took place at the historic and magnificent Wellington Arch, which was specially decorated for our event. The whole Last Drop team were in attendance to share this extraordinary journey through our collection of releases to date.
The Last Drop Tasting Experience Menu:
To see more photos from the event, please visit the Gallery.