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Fine Whisky and Wonderful Grooming: Two Connoisseurs Join Forces!

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Any distiller worth his cask will tell you that the key to a good whisky is in the blend; that magic alchemy that produces the amber nectar. And it is a sentiment shared at Truefitt & Hill, where the science and skill that seamlessly merge into each cologne and scented product - from shaving creams to body soaps - have been honed over centuries to perfection. After all, we have been the specialists in the field for over two centuries, since 1805 to be precise! With those two founding tenets, as well as the devotion to craft and excellence, we have collaborated with The Last Drop distillers to curate a unique experience within our St. James’s emporium. 

The Last Drop distillers have supplied a rare bottle of their 56 whisky, a blend aged for 56 years, the premise being that the experience will last in store until the last visitor has imbibed the last drop of the £3,750 bottle.

 

With only 732 bottles in existence, this is an encounter for sybarites of peerless taste. ‘Mr.Espey sent me’ – is all that needs to be said to indulge in this exquisite experience.

“It is about a shared love of craft, about making nice things and caring about storytelling and a sense of independence”, said Andrew Tuck, editor of Monocle, at the launch of the collaboration and the happy marriage of the two institutions. Certainly, time is essential to the process of making whisky and it resonates with the history and legacy of Truefitt & Hill - the oldest grooming establishment in the world. The house was founded in 1805 by William Francis Truefitt, wig-maker and hair dresser to King George III. The company went on to feature in the works of Dickens and Thackeray, to provide polish and panache for Cary Grant, the Duke of Windsor and Errol Flynn (that signature moustache kept in place just so with a little help from Truefitt), as well as to hold multiple Royal Warrants. It is a heritage and a legacy that demands that one thing money cannot buy: time.

And rich development too parlays neatly into how we craft our products; formulated in the UK, we are careful to curate our blends with a twist of tradition and history - the 1805, for example, began life in the 1850s and has evolved over the centuries to become one of the firm favourites of the modern day. The West Indians Limes fragrance made its zesty debut in the 1870s and became the go-to of Queen Victoria, with only minor alterations, it now strongly appeals to the contemporary man.

But the collaboration also speaks, says Tuck, to a deeper focus on creating enriching experiences for today’s digital-weary consumers. “When it comes to retail, bricks and mortar mean so much”, he says. “A study showed that there was a direct correlation between city living and mental health in terms of interaction with people. Going into a store means talking to people, engaging, having conversations. In our digital age we bank online not in person, our checkouts are computers, all of which means there is less and less of human interaction. Creating environments for people to enjoy is important”, says Tuck. And what better environment to escape the darkness of autumn, we mean that both literally and in the sense of the ever alarming news cycles, than the wonderfully welcoming and reassuring in its stability and tradition, Truefitt emporium, which for a limited period only, brings a touch of noble heritage of the Highlands to the capital - and the world’s oldest grooming establishment.  

 

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What to do, see, eat and drink in the capital

London is packed to the rafters with fantastic exhibitions, talks, plays and events. Here’s everything you need to know about the best things to do in London this week, including your new wellness destination and a grooming treatment that comes with a dram of vintage whisky. 

Enjoy a 56-year old Scotch at the world’s oldest barbershop

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Truefitt & Hill and The Last Drop Distillers have teamed up to provide their customers with the ultimate pairing: a treatment your of choice worth £50, to be enjoyed with a dram of The Last Drop’s 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, which usually costs £3,750 per bottle. Head down to Truefitt & Hill barbershop in the heart of St James’ Street and use the password ‘Mr. Espey sent me’ (referencing the whisky brand’s chairman and co-founder) to receive yours. The experience is available until the last dram of the bottle is reached, so get there quick.

71 St James’s Street, City of Westminster, London, SW1A 1PH, truefitandhill.co.uk

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The Last Drop Distillers x Truefitt and Hill, Westminster (all weekend)

The Last Drop Distillers, known for its curation of venerable spirits, has partnered with prestigious gentlemen's barbers Truefitt and Hill in St James's on a 007-worthy experience. Gents can enjoy a taste of the distiller's most exceptional whisky to date - a 56-year-old blend priced at £3,750 per bottle - while having a treatment of their choice. To pre-book this experience, use the secret password: ‘Mr Espey sent me’.

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Date: From 25 September 2019 Time: Mon - Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm, Sat 8.30am – 5pm and Sunday closed Location: 71 Saint James's Street, City of Westminster, London, SW1A 1PH, United, Kingdom Closest Station: Green Park

Website: truefittandhill.co.uk + lastdropdistillers.com

Jermyn Street Journal Online (UK)

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THE LAST DROP DISTILLERS X TRUEFITT & HILL LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE AND LIMITED EDITION ‘56’ OFFERING WITH A ONE – OFF WHISKY TASTING EXPERIENCE

HOWARD SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

To celebrate the launch of their 16th release, a 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, The Last Drop Distillers have collaborated with the world’s oldest and most established gentleman’s barbershop, Truefitt & Hill, to offer patrons a limited edition grooming and whisky tasting experience at the Truefitt & Hill store on St James’s Street. Launching on 16th September, those in the know will be able to book The 56 until the bottle is empty.

Truefitt & Hill partners with The Last Drop Distillers

The exclusive experience includes a Truefitt & Hill treatment of choice, worth £50, from one of the revered barbers, to be enjoyed alongside a dram of The Last Drop’s magnificent, ultra-aged, 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, ordinarily worth £3,750 per bottle. With only 732 bottles in existence, and only one bottle available for this exclusive offering at Truefitt & Hill, this is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a few lucky clients to try a blend like no other, whilst receiving one of the world’s cleanest cuts from Truefitts’s expert barbers.

Truefitt & Hill partners with The Last Drop Distillers

Truefitt & Hill partners with The Last Drop Distillers

Clients will be required to pre-book the experience and on arrival use the password “Mr Espey sent me” to gain access to their treatment and dram. Mr James Espey is the Chairman and co-founder of The Last Drop Distillers and boasted a hugely successful career in the spirits industry prior to setting up The Last Drop 11 years ago.

Both The Last Drop Distillers and Truefitt & Hill epitomise a timeless legacy of expertise that has been passed down throughout the years, from generation to generation. Synonymous in their elegance, heritage and timelessness, The Last Drop Distillers and Truefitt & Hill are both leaders in luxury experiences. This collaboration unites the two luxury sectors of fine spirits and men’s grooming to bring clients the ultimate experience.

Visit Truefitt & Hill, 71 Saint James’s Street, London, SW1A 1PH

www.lastdropdistillers.com

GQ Online (UK)

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By Faye Fearon, Eleanor Davies

20 September 2019

The Last Drop Distillers at Truefitt & Hill

The Last Drop Distillers at Truefitt & Hill

Quick question: Do you like whisky, particularly the super-rare, super-luxe kind that costs £3,750 a bottle? If your answer is yes, then you'll want to get down to London barber Truefitt & Hill on 25 September, for the launch of The Last Drop Distillers' latest release, a 56-year-old blended Scotch whisky, of which there are only 732 bottles on the planet. For just £50, visitors will be treat to a Truefitt & Hill treatment of their choice, alongside a dram of the whisky, for the ultimate gentleman's pamper day. You'll need to act fast and prebook the experience now if you want in on the action and don't forget to use the password "Mr Epsey sent me" when you arrive to gain access to your special dram. £50. lastdropdistillers.com

Menswear Style Online (UK)

Discover September 2019 Coolest Stuff

To celebrate the launch of their 16th release, a 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, The Last Drop Distillers have collaborated with the world’s oldest and most established gentleman’s barbershop, Truefitt & Hill, to offer patrons a limited edition grooming and whisky tasting experience at the Truefitt & Hill store on St James’s Street. Launching on 25th September, those in the know will be able to book until the bottle is empty. The exclusive experience includes a Truefitt & Hill treatment of choice, worth £50, from one of the revered barbers, to be enjoyed alongside a dram of The Last Drop’s magnificent, ultra-aged, 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, ordinarily worth £3,750 per bottle. With only 732 bottles in existence, and only one bottle available for this exclusive offering at Truefitt & Hill, this is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a few lucky clients to try a blend like no other, whilst receiving one of the world’s cleanest cuts from Truefitts’s expert barbers.

Last Drop Distillers x Truefitt & Hill

Last Drop Distillers x Truefitt & Hill

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The Last Drop Distillers’ latest limited edition release

The company on a mission to seek out rare casks of old and exceptional spirits unveils its 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

The 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky is The Last Drop Distillers’ 16th release

The 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky is The Last Drop Distillers’ 16th release

AUGUST 31 2019 / ANTHONY ROSE

The year 1963 was momentous. Martin Luther King Jr delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, while the first woman cosmonaut, Valentina V Tereshkova, headed into space in Vostok 6. The UK was gripped by The Great Train Robbery, the Profumo scandal and Beatlemania as I Want to Hold Your Hand reached Number One on both sides of the Atlantic. Tragically, the year ended on a sombre note when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22. And as all these events were unfolding, the youngest whisky in The Last Drop Distillers’ 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky was quietly put into hiding in oak casks – the final blend emerging for the very first time this year.

As with all Last Drop releases, each bottle will come with a signature 50ml miniature replica bonne bouche and a pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes

As with all Last Drop releases, each bottle will come with a signature 50ml miniature replica bonne bouche and a pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes

The 56 Year Old started life as a 12 Year Old blend that was duly selected and bottled after meticulous trials – the blender looking for light and shade, depth and variety. This was transferred to sherry casks to allow for continued maturation. Eventually, between the warehouse keeper and the blending team, it was decided to transfer the blend from sherry wood into ex-bourbon casks, where it lay in a warehouse in deepest Scotland, undisturbed, for decades. Undisturbed, that is, until it was bottled on May 15 this year.

The whisky comprises over 60 per cent single malts and marks The Last Drop’s 16th release within its portfolio of fine and rare whiskies, which will officially launch on Tuesday September 3. A 47.2 per cent cask strength blended malt and grain scotch, it is deep bronze gold in colour. The aromas combine a sweet depth of smoky, vanilla-like elements with a rich apricot fruitiness in a seductive fragrance that comes across with a cognac-like spice and sweetness. Behind a texture that’s as smooth as silk, the complexity of flavour erupts in an explosion of smoke, tar, vanilla and stone fruit that’s initially rich before turning delicately dry, all while retaining a remarkable freshness.

As with all Last Drop releases, each bottle will be presented with a 50ml miniature replica bonne bouche and pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes. Only 732 bottles will be released, priced £3,750. They can be ordered online.

Whisky Advocate Online (US)

WHISKY WEEKEND

Kentucky Owl Rye, Bruichladdich Vintage Single Malt & More New Whisky

AUGUST 16, 2019   |   SUSANNAH SKIVER BARTON

Kentucky Owl is releasing its third batch of straight rye, and many other new whiskies are hitting shelves. (Photo by iStock/stockfotocz)

Many whiskeys have a good story behind them, but for Rabbit Hole’s newest bourbon, that story takes on particular poignancy. In an exclusive interview with Whisky Advocate, Rabbit Hole founder Kaveh Zamanian revealed why he chose the name Heigold, and what inspired the new names he’s given to the rest of the brand’s whiskeys. Heigold ($70) and the rebranded line roll out next month, first at the distillery and later more widely.

Other new whiskies are coming out as well. Kentucky Owl is releasing the third batch of its rye, this time with a 10 year old age statement. Priced at $200, Kentucky Owl Rye is available in limited amounts.

Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay is adding two new vintage releases to its core range. Bruichladdich 2010 Bere Barley is made with an ancient strain, while Bruichladdich 2010 The Organic is, as you might have guessed, distilled from organic barley. Both whiskies are $100, with 18,000 bottles of each available.

Eighth-generation Jim Beam distiller Freddie Noe has unveiled the third release of his Little Book series. While the last two bottlings were blends, this one is actually a straight bourbon, priced at $125 and available in limited amounts.

Seattle-based Westland Distillery is releasing the fourth iteration of its single malt aged in Pacific Northwest garry oak. Westland Garryana 4|1 costs $150, with 3,750 bottles available.

Boutique importer PM Spirits has bottled a third batch of its MGP-sourced bourbon, Mic.Drop. This time, the whiskey is roughly four years old. There are 8,000 bottles available, priced at $60.

Chattanooga Whiskey has unveiled two core releases of its “Tennessee high malt” style of bourbon: Chattanooga 91 ($35) and the barrel-proof Chattanooga Cask 111 ($45). Both whiskeys are widely available in several states.

The second batch of Irish single malt Egan’s Legacy Reserve is coming out, this time at 16 years old. Priced at $200, just 1,000 bottles are available, with 700 of those for sale in the U.S.

The Last Drop is launching a 56 year old blended scotch. The rare bottling costs $4,350, with 732 bottles available worldwide.

Finally, two scotches are coming out that will not be for sale in the U.S. Diageo is releasing a 40 year old Brora in honor of the 200th anniversary of the distillery; it’s priced at £4,500 (about $5,450). The company’s latest release from Lagavulin is a 10 year old, for sale at travel retail for £50 (about $61).

Read on for full details.


THE LAST DROP 56 YEAR OLD BLENDED SCOTCH

Style: Blended whisky
Origin: Scotland
Age: 56 years old
Proof: 47.2% ABV
Price: $4,350
Release: September 2019
Availability: 732 bottles

Need to know:

Initially distilled in 1963, this scotch was later blended and bottled as a 12 year old. Some of the liquid remained, however, and was transferred to sherry casks, where it continued maturing for several years more. The whisky was later transferred again to four bourbon barrels, which are now being bottled by The Last Drop.

Whisky Advocate says:

While old scotch isn’t in and of itself so rare, such a mature blended scotch doesn’t come around very often. What’s most unusual about this release is that the malt and grain whiskies were initially aged separately, then blended, and then that blend was put back in casks for continued maturation; typically, once the blend is put together, it’s bottled and that’s that.