THE LAST DROP DISCOVERS 1969 GLENROTHES CASKS
by Rashaun Hall
The folks at The Last Drop Distillers are back at it with a new release that sounds more rare than a pair of cement Jordan 3s.
They recently announced the launch of their newest release, the 1969 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The second in an exclusive trilogy following the 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, this will mark The Last Drop’s 15th release in 11 years and comprises two single cask bottlings.
On October 27th, 1969 in the beautiful Speyside region in the Highlands of Scotland, the master distiller at the renowned Glenrothes Distillery pronounced himself satisfied with the distillate produced that day and approved the filling of a number of barrels. Two of these ex-bourbon casks were left undisturbed to spend the next fifty years maturing at the back of the dark warehouse. It was only when The Last Drop discovered the liquid that its true excellence was revealed. It was bottled in 2019 with the first cask yielding 130 bottles, and the second cask 141 bottles, making a total of just 271 bottles available worldwide.
Despite being sibling casks, the results are two similar, but distinctly individual whiskies. Prominent whisky writer and educator Charles Maclean shares 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.
“We are delighted with the second of our trilogy of old Glenrothes single malts. Only a very fortunate few will have the chance to sample these exceptional spirits, which are wonderful examples of fine distilling from the 1960s. Each sip transports you back to the heady days of flower power, when revolution was in the air, and on the radio. 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 will retail for $6,250 and can be purchased at www.lastdropdistillers.com/stockists.