TOM'S BLEND, OUR FIRST HOUSE POUR
Tom’s Blend - "The Spirit of The Founders"
It is with delight and pride that we introduce Tom’s Blend No. 1: The Last Drop Distillers’ house pour. Tom’s Blend has been created as a tribute to Tom Jago, President and co-founder of The Last Drop Distillers. A lifelong devotee of Blended Scotch Whisky, at 6pm every evening, Tom pours himself a dram of a fine Scotch blend, adds a little water and reflects on his day.
Tom’s Blend has been created in partnership with Charlie Maclean, and was brought to life by the Malt Master at Ian Macleod Distillers. The blend is a harmonious 18-year-old blended Scotch Whisky: fifty per cent single malts, including a wisp of smoke from Islay, rich notes from heavily sherried highland whiskies and in keeping with Tom’s particular tastes, some fruity Speyside.
We believe this to be a great whisky but more importantly an interpretation of Tom’s personality and preferences. We offer it to our guests with love and pride.
Charlie Maclean’s Tasting Notes
Deep amber, with polished rosewood lights. Light nose prickle to start. Rich and mellow with layers of aroma – the top note is fruity (maraschino cherries, orange and lemon zest), with tablet in the middle on a base of furniture polish. In time the tablet becomes crème brulée and a whiff of smoke emerges. A drop of water introduces a trace of wax and adds hessian to the faintly smoky note.
A mild, very mellow nose, dry over all. Shy and closed. Gradually a hint of tablet, then crème brulee (slightly burnt toffee, with a creamy vanilla base), followed by fondant (nougat?). At 46% it has a thick texture and a sweet taste with a long dry, very slightly smoky finish and lingering hessian aftertaste. At reduced strength the texture is creamy, with a hint of nougat in the aftertaste. Complex and multi-layered, this is a mellow old whisky.