THE LAST DROP 1971 blended scotch whisky
“A discernible 70s blending style makes it a true relic of times past”
In 1971 the astronauts of Apollo 14 were busy hitting golf balls from the moon and Disney World was opening its doors in Orlando to the joy of American children... and in Scotland some 40 different distilleries of malt and grain whiskies were busy distilling the spirits that would eventually become part of a truly exceptional blend.
First blended in 1983 as a Premium 12 Year Old for the USA, the balance after bottling was refilled into 11 ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts. After a further nine years of ageing, a small volume was siphoned off and bottled as a 21 Year Old Blend. What remained was refilled once more, this time into nine ex-American Oak Barrels. These nine casks were returned to an old traditional dunnage maturation warehouse where they lay for a further 24 years until we bottled the whisky, in its prime, at the grand age of 45 years.
The 1971 Blend can thus be classed as a ‘Triple Matured’ Blend which is probably unique for such an old whisky. You need only taste one drop to be enveloped in the harmonious complexity of this exceptional whisky, and yet one drop is certainly not enough for this old blend to unveil all the rich flavours developed during its long, multi-faceted maturation.
Only 1,352 Bottles Exist
Each bottle has been scrupulously bottled and wax-dipped by hand. Part of the ‘Finest Aged’ range, The 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky is presented in a forest green The Last Drop Distillers leather case. A generous 50ml miniature, a custom-made stopper, a luxury tasting book and a signed certificate of authenticity complete the meticulous presentation.
Andrew Rankin's tasting notes:
“On the nose, sweet honey and vanilla give way to tangy orange and lemon followed by warmer notes of stewed apple and toasted almonds.
On the palate, there is a very pleasant fruity sweetness, again followed by a crisp orange and lemon tang and just a hint of freshly cut oak.
A taste of chocolate orange and baked fruits with a lingering suggestion of orris root and smoke.”
Charlie Maclean's tasting notes:
"Rich in colour, it has a distinct Amontillado hue with moderate beading.
The first nose is slightly closed, almost indolent, but give it some time and the warm aromas of dried figs and traces of almond will reward your patience. The nose keeps evolving and a hint of coffee appears, quickly followed by candied orange.
Once the moment arrives to taste it, the whisky has a wonderfully soft mouthfeel. Well balanced between sweet and dry, it has a classic old-fashioned smokiness; a discernible 70s blending style makes it a true relic of times past. The subtle flavours evolve and end in a slightly salty finish, with an almost ‘maritime’ quality.”
A superb blend which is worth 8+ points!”
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017:
"Just mesmerically beautiful"
Awarded 97 points, a "superstar whisky"
2017 Scotch Blend of the Year
2017 Blend of the Year (26-50 Years)