THE LAST DROP 1947 SINGLE ESTATE COGNAC
“It's remarkable that one's first impression of such an old cognac is how fresh, young and delicious it is...”
The War was won and by 1947 France was slowly putting itself back together. There are few drinks more evocative of this tumultuous time than Cognac – a spirit that the great Winston Churchill declared himself an ardent fan of. And this Hors d’Age Cognac, an exquisite offering, distilled in 1947 in the heart of the Charente region, epitomises this iconic era.
Our previous ventures have been largely focused on the wonderful world of whisky, but with the 1947 Hors d’Age – our second Cognac – we have once again shifted our palates south from Scotland to France. There we have become friends with a family who have been growing and distilling their own wines and Cognacs since 1727. This was one of their first productions after the end of the War and is full of the inimitable qualities and flavours that are only possible with generations of experience – and a long period of ageing.
We are particularly proud of this offering, because vintage Cognac is becoming increasingly difficult to find. And so, in a small paradis, we tasted the remaining contents of a very old cask that we couldn’t allow to slip through our fingers. Traditionally made in a small, ancient copper still, this Cognac is rich in the characteristics that distinguish the great from the good. Deep bronze in colour with arresting flashes of gold when you hold it to the light, it is entrancing even before you’ve taken your first sip.
Only 186 Bottles Exist
Each bottle has been meticulously bottled and wax-dipped by hand. Part of the ‘Limited Bottling’ category The 1947 Single Estate Cognac is presented in a luxurious deep red The Last Drop leather case. A generous 50ml miniature, a custom-made stopper and a certificate of bottling complete this beautiful case.
Last Drop founder Tom Jago's tasting notes:
“First, the nose. When you crack the wax, draw the cork, it fills the room. A waft of old roses, but charged with a touch of citrus;
Its history is manifest at every step. The complexity of sensations stems from that history; distilled in 1947 in a small, ancient copper still, burning wood or charcoal, it’s rich in the imperfections that mark the exceptional from the simply fine Cognac.
Deep bronze, like fine old walnut furniture, but with a flash of gold, reflecting this still sprightly veteran’s many-faceted charm.
In the mouth, you will find great complication. First, rich old preserved fruits. Then a burst of flowers, breathing of spring. And finally, the bite of the ancient eau-de-vie – the ‘fire’ that belongs only to Cognac.
You will, of course, savour every drop. And should you leave the empty glass overnight, you will find lovely echoes when you nose the glass once more.”
An extract from Nick Faith's tasting notes
"It seems ridiculous that one's first impression of a seventy year old cognac is how fresh, young, and delicious it is.
The aromas have the richness of summer flowers and when eventually you sip this delicate liquid you come across the same ingredients in a much more complex form.''