President and Co-founder of The Last Drop Distillers
It is with profound and heartfelt sadness that we announce the death of our co-founder and inspirational president, Tom Jago, aged 93. Beloved by us all, we give thanks for his brilliance, his incisive humour and, above all, his deep affection for the team and the industry he so loved. Rest in peace, Tom.
Tom Jago. 21st July 1925 - 12th October 2018
Penelope Pours: an intuitive decanter which bows to fill your glass
The Last Drop Distillers Limited is launching its first ever fortified wine this spring. Release XI: "Centenario" is a duo of Colheita Tawny Ports spanning an incredible 100 years from 1870 to 1970. For a sneak preview, please click on the link below. Launching 1st March 2018.
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.
"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."
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.