The founding families. The Last Drop Distillers was founded in 2008 by two icons of the spirits industry, Tom Jago and James Espey OBE. Their aim was to curate the world’s most remarkable spirits, finding treasures across different spirit categories and sharing them with those who seek the genuinely extraordinary. This passion for exploration and discovery continues to this day: Tom and James’ daughters: Rebecca Jago and Beanie Geraedts-Espey joined The Last Drop in 2014 to help share their fathers’ vision with a wider audience. Now, as Rebecca takes the helm, a staunch advocacy for excellence remains as much a personal mantra as a professional one. The Last Drop is driven by integrity, and each of its releases is saturated with stories of the journey.
The Last Drop Team is now led by Rebecca Jago, daughter of co-founder, Tom Jago. Working alongside Rebecca are Nick Morton (right) and Michael Cowman (left).
The team is committed to seeking out and bringing to our customers only the finest and most remarkable aged spirits, and to safeguarding not only the legacy of the founders but also the principles on which they created the business.
Nothing gives me quite as much pleasure as seeing the delight and surprise when someone tastes one of our remarkable spirits for the first time.
You will find us in the four corners of the world, talking to friends old and new, tasting extraordinary liquids and savouring the stories behind them.
Most important, however, is the joy that we all take in sharing our discoveries and stories with our customers and friends. We are all at the end of the telephone, or on email, and we take the greatest pleasure in hearing from our friends, wherever they may be.
We look forward to sharing a Last Drop with you all very soon.
Rebecca Jago is the only daughter of Tom Jago, co-founder of The Last Drop Distillers, and legend of the drinks industry. She grew up in London with her parents and three brothers, learning about wine, beer and spirits (and Baileys!) almost by osmosis. Following a degree in linguistics and a career in the design industry, Rebecca joined The Last Drop in 2014 to work alongside her father and his co-founder James Espey. She is now the Managing Director, leading the team as they bring the wonders of The Last Drop bottles to customers around the world.
Rebecca is in her element sharing the stories of The Last Drop discoveries and her passion for the business with friends new and old. She has two grown up children: her daughter has the distinction of having our intuitive decanter, Phoebe, named after her.
Rebecca’s favourite of our releases (so far) is the 1925 Grande Champagne Cognac: in her own words “as well as being a truly delicious cognac, with a remarkable story to tell, it has the added significance of having been distilled the year my father was born, and bottled the year he died: a fitting testament to a wonderful man.”
Michael Cowman is The Last Drop’s European Sales Manager. Irish to his soul: he hails from the wind-swept South-East coast of Wexford. He spent his early career in the Irish Navy as a navigator before deciding the drinks business was the place for him. He’s a natural fit for this innately sociable business which thrives on good company, and shared enjoyment.
Michael is currently an Icon of Whisky and American Whiskey Ambassador of the Year. He is a natural communicator, with a wicked sense of humour. He has a distinctive presence on social media and takes pleasure in mocking himself and selected friends and colleagues whenever the opportunity arises.
He has extensive spirits industry knowledge; particularly Scotch and Irish Whiskies. He spent over a year working for Irish Distillers in South Africa, before returning to the Emerald Isle.
Michael’s favourite of The Last Drop releases changes on an almost weekly basis but he claims pairing our 1976 Jamaican rum with our hand rolled Nicaraguan cigars is one of life’s great pleasures! Equally at home in a dive bar in Hong Kong or a five star hotel in Geneva, Michael is the newest member of The Last Drop Distillers team and can be recognised by his distinctive beard, and taste in rather loud shirts…
Nick Morton is The Last Drop’s Chief Operating Officer, having joined in 2021 from Berry Bros & Rudd where he was Managing Director of their Private Clients & Retail Businesses. Like Rebecca, Nick is also second-generation drinks business, having originally been attracted by observing his father’s career during the industry’s sociable heyday. After stints in strategy and brand consulting, Nick has spent the last two decades working for the likes of William Grant, Pernod Ricard and Berry Bros & Rudd across Fine Wines, Champagnes and Luxury Spirits, with a sabbatical as Marketing Director of Help for Heroes.
Nick is looking forward to using his unique blend of luxury brand and business experience to support The Last Drop as it progresses to the next chapter of its exciting story.
Despite suspicious protestations that picking a favourite requires an extensive ‘refresher’ tasting session, when pressed, Nick nominates Release 22 — Colin Scott’s 50-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky as his preferred Last Drop. As our inaugural Signature Blend, created by the legendary Master Blender Colin Scott, Nick likes to imagine it was created to mark his joining the business. Others know better and simply enjoy it for its remarkable finesse and balance…
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