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.