The 100 coolest people in food and drink: 27 & 28. Beanie Espey & Rebecca Jago — Joint managing directors of The Last Drop Distillers
The Last Drop Distillers
Jago and Espey might have the coolest job in the world — they're rare spirit hunters. The pair took over The Last Drop Distillers from their fathers Tom and James who, between them, have created some of the world's most iconic liquor products.
Their jobs are to source, bottle, and sell incredibly rare, high-quality product to high-profile clientele.
One week they might be cruising through the winding lanes of rural Cognac on the way to an indiscriminate barn filled to the rafters with casks and demijohns of aged brandy. The next they'll be scouring the Douro Valley for a port so old that time (almost) forgot about it.
The Last Drop's latest release is a Cognac from 1925, which had been hidden from the advancing Nazi forces in a false barn wall.