The LAst Drop Awards
More than just old and rare, our collection of spirits is exceptionally delicious. Our tasting panel never compromises on quality; industry specialists and critics seem to agree.
Here is the list of the awards won by our releases -
96 POINTS - A 'SUPERSTAR WHISKY'
Awarded 96 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016
"Dumbarton here displays, with an ease almost bordering arrogance, why it is the doyen of grain whiskies. It is no coincidence that the greatest ancient blended whiskies I have tasted include liberal amount of Dumbarton. As you can see here, it has the ability to be firm enough for backbone to form, yet soft enough to ensure a yielding countenance, too. A grain, glorying in its 55th year..."
97 POINTS - 'A BEAUTIFUL OL' DOG'
Awarded 9.5 points, Charles Maclean for Whiskeria Magazine
Awarded 97 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016
- Scotch Blend of the Year
- Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year (25 - 50 years)
"You'd expect, after half a century in the cask, that this would be a quiet dram, just enjoying its final years with its feed up and arms behind its head. Instead we have a fairly aggressive blend determined to drive the abundant fruitiness is still possesses to the very hilt. It is backed up all the way by a surprising degree of warming, busy spice. There is a hell lot of life in this beautiful ol' dog..."
96 POINTS - 'AN EXTRAODINARY EXPERIENCE'
Awarded 96 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015
- Single Malt of the Year (single cask)
- Single Malt Scotch of the Year (41 years & over, single cask)
"When this distillery produced the whisky in the bottle before me it was making probably the smokiest malt on mainland Scotland. Which is just as well for this grizzled old greybeard. Because things preserve rather well in peat - and this Glen Garioch is no exception. Just a standard low- or non-peated malt would have vanished behind the layers of tannins which have formed a crust around some of the lighter components of the dram. But here the smoke softens the oaky blows until they become only caresses. It is a quite extraordinary - and in many ways lucky - experience. "
96.5 POINTS - 'MAGNIFICENT DOESN'T COVER IT'
Awarded 96.5 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015
- Scotch Whisky of the Year
- Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year
"Almost impossible to imagine a blended whisky to be better balanced than this. If there is a cleverer use of honey of less intrusive oak in any blended whisky bottled in the last year. I have yet to taste it. An award winner if ever I tasted one. Magnificent doesn't quite cover it..."
96.5 POINTS - 'AN ASTONISHING DRAM'
The Whisky Advocate's Blended Whisky of the Year 2014
Awarded 96.5 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014
- Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year (25-50 years)
"I do admire what as been done here. Because it was a gamble for the right reasons, which has paid handsomely in many ways, yet has just fallen short in others. Here, they took a magnificent whisky which for no other reason than pure serendipity, threw it back for a few extra summers in oak to take it to 50 years. A bold move. And it remains a quite astonishing, for life-remembering dram of labyrinthine complexity. "
95 POINTS - 'SOPHISTICATED & CHARMING'
Exceptionally awarded 95 points by Jim Murray
"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."
96.5 POINTS - 'A FREAK WHISKY AT ITS PEAK'
Awarded 96.5 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2009
- Scotch Blended Whisky of the Year
- Best New Scotch Blended Whisky of the Year
- Best Premium Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year
"How do you mark a whisky like this? It is scotch. Yet every molecule of flavour and aroma is pure bourbon. I think I'll have to mark it for quality, principally, which simply flied off the graph. This, by the way, is a blend that was discovered by accident. It has been put away many years ago for marrying - and then forgotten about in a warehouse. The chances of finding another whisky quite like this are remote. It is a one off and anyone who misses this one will kick themselves forever. Astonishing. Unforgettable. A freak whisky at its very peak."