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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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The Last Drop Directors Recognised by the Industry

Rebecca Jago & Beanie Espey were given their Freedom of the City of London and they were officially made members of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

This marks a new step in the recognition of the youngest Directors of The Last Drop Directors within the Industry.

The Worshipful Company of Distillers was incorporated in 1938 and officially recognised in 1774 through an Act of Parliament. The company was, however, active in the early regulation of the trade at grass roots level and lobbied Parliament against regulation.  Today the aims of the Company are to be at the “Hub of the Spirits Industry" by increasing awareness of the Company, education and conviviality of Fellowship among Liverymen.

THE LAST DROP 1961 Dumbarton launch event

October saw the official launch of the 1961 Dumbarton Single Grain Scotch Whisky. With only 32 bottles available worldwide, the Dumbarton is The Last Drop's smallest and most exclusive release to date, so we felt it deserved a very special launch. 

Due to its extremely limited size, the release of The Dumbarton was reserved only for very special customers who have been on The Last Drop journey since it began in 2008. From London to the USA via China, guests were invited to a Last Drop Gastronomic Experience during which they had the opportunity to taste every Whisky and Cognac released since the company began. Each spirit was paired with a dish especially created to complement and highlight its flavours.  

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In London, the event took place at the historic and magnificent Wellington Arch, which was specially decorated for our event. The whole Last Drop team were in attendance to share this extraordinary journey through our collection of releases to date.

The Last Drop Tasting Experience Menu:

 

To see more photos from the event, please visit the Gallery

The Last Drop Distillers acquired by Sazerac

It gives us great pleasure to annouce that The Last Drop Distillers Limited has been acquired by Sazerac – one of the world’s top selling global spirits brands, and one of New Orleans’ oldest family-owned, privately-held companies. 

This is an incredibly exciting and important milestone in The Last Drop Distillers’ story. Over the past 8.5 years we have firmly established The Last Drop in the global market place. 

We know Sazerac well, and feel that they are a fantastic fit for The Last Drop Distillers, as a family-owned business that shares our values. The Sazerac company portfolio already includes a range of global spirits brands, and this acquisition will allow the company to extend its portfolio into the super-premium, craft market as well as expand its European footprint.  

Mark Brown, president and CEO of The Sazerac Company, said: “We are very excited to be partnering with such industry legends as Tom and James.  Equally, we are looking forward to working alongside their daughters Rebecca and Beanie as well as the rest of the team in bringing some of the rarest spirits available to the global consumer market.  As a family owned company we fully appreciate the value of a small, engaged and passionate team in a venture such as The Last Drop Distillers and look forward to continuing the excellent progress the business has made since its inception.”
 
The whole team is committed and eager to move into the next stage of The Last Drop Distillers story that will see us take the brand into the next phase while retaining and building on our core values of exclusivity, craft and excellence. This investment will allow us to grow our international footprint and broaden our search, so that we can continue to bring you the very rarest and greatest spirits in the world.