1950 Fine Aged Cognac

We found these casks in a tiny distillery lost in the woods near Cognac. They lay where they had been put soon after the wine was distilled in an old-fashioned, wood-fired copper still. After sixty years, most had evaporated; but what remained was sublime.

Tasting notes | Press

Barrels and stillWe obtained only some 478 bottles, which we offer for your delight. Like our whisky, this great cognac is bottled by hand and sealed with wax, then placed in its velvet-lined leather box. And you get a 50ml miniature, too, so you need not broach the big bottle in order to appreciate its delicate beauty.

That way, the precious liquid will stay, unchanged, for hundreds of years if necessary, so that it can be savoured by your children, even their children’s children.

Cognac pouringDuring its long sleep in the cellars much has been given to this great cognac, and much taken away. The oak reacts with the spirit to yield rich vanilla flavours and a deep bronze colour. The air, slowly seeping through the oak, removes any harshness that there was to start with. Sadly, at the same time, the ‘angels’ take almost half the volume with them. But what remains is more than doubly precious.

Ben Howkins’ Tasting Notes, November 2009

Ben HawkinsBen Howkins is a respected pillar of the wine and spirits business since the early 1960s, Ben is one of the Directors of The Last Drop Distillers. He is also co-founder and Managing Director of the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in Hungary.

Elegance, a lightness of touch. Not overdone in any way. Dry with maturity. Totally in harmony. Very refined.

The aromas lead you happily into the first taste.  The follow-through is like entering a beautiful garden. All sorts of tastes play on the tongue. The there is a soft explosion as though the sun had just burst through. There is a steely backbone. All is lit up. Then after a few minutes, the sun withdraws gently leaving a wonderful warm, seductive feeling.

The taste remains. There is a refreshing cleanness that can only come with the highest quality and the optimum age. I was constantly reminded of the classic vintages of Bordeaux at the highest level. Lafite, not Latour ,springs immediately to mind. Not a bad benchmark…

Tom Jago's Tasting Notes, October 2009

Tom Jago is one of the Founders of The Last Drop Distillers Limited. He has spent most of his career working in the drinks industry and developing his palate.

Old – and fresh.  These words, so apparently incompatible, might summarise just what we seek in our offerings – and after much journeying – find.  They perfectly describe this magical Cognac. Distilled in 1950 in one of the last of the old-fashioned alembics, and having rested for all its sixty years in French oak casks at the distillery, it has aged but not faded, remaining still amazingly youthful even in extreme old age.

The nose is refined, balanced, full of woodland scents and dried fruit. The palate is smooth and harmonious, but retains the ‘fire’ of the finest cognacs. Much of the alcohol has vanished with time; it measures only 41.8%. Now, trapped in the glass, it will remain perfect forever, so that your children – or even their children – can share this sublime experience. This Last Drop yielded only 487 bottles.

Jim Murray

Jim MurrayInternationally recognised as probably the leading commentator on all the world’s whiskies, Jim Murray also conducts his own tutored tastings. The Last Drop blended Scotch Whisky has featured prominently in the last three editions of Jim Murray’s Scotch Whisky Bible, earning the prestigious Liquid Gold Award, reserved for whiskies gaining more than 94 points out of a possible 100.

Although his reputation is as a whisky man, Jim has kindly tasted the Last Drop’s latest rare bottling of 1950 Cognac.

Last Drop Aged Cognac (95)

Nose: (24.5)
The unmistakable signs of great yet controlled age: fruits are in abundance, a paste of pears and figs patrolling the sweeter borders, underpinned by a drier theme of crushed grape pips. The oak is omnipresent but never for a moment opaque and at times wanders around the glass thrusting gently, almost teasingly, into the fruitier aspects.

Taste: (23.5)
There is a bite, a nip, a scratching of the tastebuds which sits attractively with the rounder, lightly oiled fruits which caress. Soon the oak makes a spicy entry, always light and seasoning the drier notes rather than attempting to take up the foreground.

Finish: (23)
As dry as one might expect from a Cognac of such obvious antiquity and every bit as sophisticated and balanced as one might have the audacity to pray for. The oaky cocoa on the finale is as inevitable as it is charming.

Balance: (24)
Only one spirit I have come across sports such an abundance of ripe fruit: the Caperdonich single malt whisky distilled in the early 1970s and then bottled in the last decade. However the mouthfeel is pure Cognac, not whisky, with its aggressive streak proud and uncowered.

© Jim Murray 2011

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