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THE LAST DROP RELEASES 56-YEAR-OLD BLENDED WHISKY AT £3,750

14th August, 2019 by Edith Hancock

The Last Drop distillers has unveiled a 56-year-old blended whisky, the oldest Scotch blend the importer has bottled to-date.

The blended Scotch is priced at £3,750 (Photo: The Last Drop)

The blended Scotch is priced at £3,750 (Photo: The Last Drop)

Launching in September, the new release, which is made of 60% single malts, marks the 16th within The Last Drop’s portfolio.

The youngest whisky in the blend was distilled in 1963, according to the importer.

According to The Last Drop, the inspiration for the whisky came from a master distiller who, many decades ago, began working on a 12-year-old blended Scotch, but kept some of the end product back and transferred to sherry casks to allow for continued maturation.

Years later, this was in-turn transferred from the sherry wood into four ex- bourbon barrels, which have been stored in a warehouse in Scotland for more than 30 years.

There are just 732 bottles of the whisky available to purchase, worldwide, priced at £3,750. Each bottle also comes with a 50ml miniature replica, and a pocket sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes.

Rebecca Jago, Joint Managing Director of The Last Drop said: “This venerable old whisky – the oldest blended Scotch we have released to date – has been resting for 56 years deep in the heart of Scotland.

“When we discovered it, we knew we had found a real gem: comprising over 60% single malts, this would have been classed as a “deluxe blend” and we feel it represents the luxury and quality which is at the heart of everything we believe in at The Last Drop: it’s old and rare, but still fresh and absolutely delicious!”


Scottish Field Online (UK)

56-YEAR-OLD BLENDED WHISKY SET TO GO ON SALE

By Kenny Smith

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The Last Drop Distillers have announced the launch of their oldest blended Scotch whisky they have bottled to date.

The 56 Year Old blended Scotch whisky comprises over 60% single malts and is a truly remarkable example of balance, wearing its age with grace and dignity.

Launching in September, this marks The Last Drop’s 16th release within their esteemed portfolio. Their mission is to seek out and hunt down parcels of exceptional spirits that have been lost or forgotten.

Many years ago, deep in the heart of Scotland, a Master Blender began creating a 12 year old blended Scotch whisky. Reminiscent of an artist with his palette of colours, the blender was looking for light and shade, depth and variety. After meticulous trials and tasting, the final blend was chosen and bottled.

However, some liquid remained. This was transferred to sherry casks to allow for continued maturation before, a number of years later, the precious spirit was transferred from the sherry wood into four ex-bourbon barrels thus preventing the influence of the sherry from overwhelming the natural balance of the spirit. These barrels lay hidden and undisturbed in a warehouse for over 30 years.

The youngest whisky in this blend was distilled in 1963, a year in which the world was on the verge of great change. When The Last Drop chanced upon the four barrels, they discovered a magnificent, ultra-aged blended Scotch whisky.

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Rebecca Jago, joint managing director of The Last Drop, said: ‘This venerable old whisky – the oldest blended Scotch we have released to date – has been resting for 56 years deep in the heart of Scotland. When we discovered it, we knew we had found a real gem: comprising over 60 per cent single malts, this would have been classed as a “deluxe blend” and we feel it represents the luxury and quality which is at the heart of everything we believe in at The Last Drop: it’s old and rare, but still fresh and absolutely delicious!’

James Espey and Tom Jago, the founders of The Last Drop, often said that a single malt is like a virtuoso instrument but a great blend is like an orchestra playing a symphony with a master conductor at the helm. The artistry of this particular blend has created a complex, layered whisky which is full of depth and beauty. The colour comes from many years in sherry casks, but years in bourbon wood have brought additional layers of vanilla and molasses. There are notes of Islay smoke, sweetness from Speyside, and a roundness and depth that is redolent of the Highlands.

As with all of The Last Drop releases, each bottle comes together with its signature 50ml miniature replica and pocket sized, tasting book with additional pages for your personal tasting notes.

The release has an RRP of £3,750 and stockists can be found at www.lastdropdistillers.com/stockists.

The Last Drop Distillers specialise in discovering and hand bottling the finest, rarest and most exclusive spirits from remote cellars and warehouses across Scotland and the rest of the world. The team’s quest is rigorous and painstaking, choosing only liquids that are old and rare, but fresh and delicious; a juxtaposition that makes The Last Drop portfolio truly unique. In 2016 The Last Drop was acquired by the Sazerac Company, one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers.

The Walpole

A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Beanie Espey & Rebecca Jago, Joint MDs of The Last Drop Distillers


Kicking off the first day of our 2019 Summer of Luxury Campaign – a celebration of the year’s most carefree of months – we spoke to the inspiring ‘rare spirit hunters’ Rebecca Jago and Beanie Espey, joint Managing Directors of the Last Drop Distillers, on their holiday plans and how taking some downtime inspires all those ‘eureka’ moments.

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WHERE ARE YOU HOLIDAYING THIS YEAR?

Rebecca: I have had a wonderful start to my summer, with a week in the beautiful Peloponnese in Greece in May, followed by a last-minute trip to the west coast of Mexico in June to meet up with my daughter, who is currently living in Peru. We are now spending ten days with friends at our house in the south west of France. We drove down, stopping en route in Cognac to catch up with some contacts there, as you never know when a special cask of something old and delicious may turn up. France is very rural, and very relaxing: the real luxury is having the opportunity to catch up with friends, and catch up on my reading!

Beanie: This year my husband and I will be summer holidaying for the first time with our one year old son, Felix. We were looking for a place that was both a proper getaway and good with small children, and alighted on the Il de Re, just off the French coast near La Rochelle. I’m picturing picnics on windswept beaches, cycling from village to village and delicious food and wine. We are also making an important detour to Cognac and Bordeaux… in fact Felix will celebrate his first birthday in style in St Emilion!

WHAT IS YOUR ‘MUST-HAVE’ ITEM TO PACK IN YOUR SUITCASE?

Rebecca: My kindle (see above) and factor 50!

Beanie: Much like Rebecca, I relish reading when on holiday – but I’m currently having a renewed love-affair with printed books. The kindle is so practical, but given Felix won’t permit me an abundance of free time, I think a few paperbacks will suffice. On a more practical note, I have discovered Heliocare tinted suntan cream; it gives great protection and a lovely bronzed glow at the same time!

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE AL FRESCO DRINKING/DINING SPOT?

Rebecca: Outside the house in France with the umbrella up. We were given an amazing rotating, cantilevered umbrella big enough to keep ten of us in the shade, and I love it!

Beanie: There is a little square in Florence, just behind the Palazzo Pitti, that I used to frequent all the time when I lived there to sip on a Negroni. Otherwise somewhere on the Calle Consistorio in Jerez; cold fino and fat green olives. Yum.

WHAT IS YOUR HOLIDAY READ THIS YEAR?

Rebecca: I have just finished the outstanding and absorbing Putney by Sofka Zinovieff. It’s a particularly interesting read for me as I live (and grew up) in Putney. I’m about to start on Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, which seems to be the non-fiction book of the moment.

Beanie: Some years ago one of my best friends, who is also the daughter of two classics teachers, gave me a copy of “Song of Achilles”, by Madeline Miller, which I devoured. I’ve been waiting patiently for another book by the same author, and it finally arrived in the form of Circe. I can’t wait to start it.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A ‘LIGHTBULB’ MOMENT RELATED TO YOUR BUSINESS OR CAREER WHILE TAKING SOME DOWNTIME?

Rebecca: Yes. Last year was a difficult time for me, with the death of both my parents. I was lucky enough to take six weeks off at the end of the year and travel with my husband around the world. The time away from the day-to-day running of the business gave me a very different perspective on some of the minutiae which can take up much too much of my time. I think I came back to The Last Drop with renewed energy and a better overview of what we want to achieve. My personal 2019 resolution was to delegate more, and to focus on building the brand. I’m not sure the team would agree that I’m succeeding with the delegation, but I’m definitely trying!

Beanie: Funnily enough, Rebecca and I have lots of eureka moments while travelling. We always try and use the time on flights and in departure lounges to chat, rather than get engrossed in our emails, and in fact the idea for both Tom’s Blend and our 2018 Piccadilly Atelier came while travelling in the USA!

DRINKS INTERNATIONAL

Last Drop Distillers launches 15th limited release

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21 June, 2019

By Shay Waterworth

The Last Drop Distillers has launched its newest release, the 1969 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

The second in an exclusive trilogy, following the 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, this Single Malt scotch will mark The Last Drop’s 15th release in 11 years and comprises two single cask bottlings.

On the 27 October 1969 the master distiller at Glenrothes Distillery filled two ex-bourbon casks with new make and let them sit for 50 years. 

The Last Drop Distillers then bottled the whisky in 2019 with the first cask yielding 130 bottles, and the second cask 141 bottles, making a total of just 271 bottles available worldwide. 

Prominent whisky writer Charles Maclean shared his tasting notes of the two, stating that both casks display similar aromatic profiles, but Cask no. 16203 appears drier and less fruity, with snuffed candle at the base, whereas Cask no. 16207 has a smooth texture, with a sweet and sour taste and a long, warming finish.

“Only a very fortunate few will have the chance to sample these exceptional spirits, which are wonderful examples of fine distilling from the 1960s. 

“We commend to all those who truly appreciate the scent and taste of a magnificent old Scotch from a bygone era. You will not be disappointed.” 

As with all of The Last Drop releases, each bottle comes together with its signature 50ml miniature replica and pocket sized, leather bound tasting book with additional pages for your personal tasting notes. 

The release has an RRP of £5,400 inc VAT and UK stockists can be found at lastdropdistillers.com.

The Last Drop Distillers specialises in discovering and hand bottling some of the rarest and most exclusive spirits from remote cellars and warehouses across Scotland and the rest of the world. The team targets only liquids that are old and rare, but with young character.

Tom Jago awarded Master Keeper by the Keepers of the Quaich

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. 

Tom's daughter, Rebecca, receiving the Quaich on his behalf.  

Tom's daughter, Rebecca, receiving the Quaich on his behalf.  

The Last Drop 1972 Lochside Single Grain

"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:

The Last Drop 1972 Lochside Single Grain Scotch Whisky. 

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."

 

 

Great British Brands

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.”

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