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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

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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.

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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.

The Drinks Business Online (UK)

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!”


The Spirits Business Online (UK)

Last Drop Distillers to release 56-year-old whisky

13th August, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Rare spirits bottler The Last Drop Distillers has unveiled a 56-year-old whisky, the company’s oldest blended Scotch to date.

The Last Drop Distillers 56 Year Old Blended Scotch comes with a 50ml miniature

The Last Drop Distillers 56 Year Old Blended Scotch comes with a 50ml miniature

The Last Drop Distillers 56 Year Old Blended Scotch comprises of more than 60% single malt and will be the 16th release in the company’s portfolio. The blend also contains whisky distilled in 1964.

Some time ago a master blender began creating a 12-year-old blended Scotch whisky. Liquid from this final blend was transferred to Sherry casks for continued maturation and after a number of years was transferred into four ex- Bourbon barrels.

These barrels were left to mature in a warehouse in Scotland for more than 30 years.

Rebecca Jago, joint managing director of The Last Drop Distillers, 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.”

The Last Drop Distillers 56 Year Old Blended Scotch has notes of “Islay smoke, sweetness from Speyside, and a roundness and depth that is redolent of the Highlands”.

Available from September, the 56-year-old whisky is priced at £3,750 (US$4,350). The expression comes with a 50ml miniature and a tasting book.

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.

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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!