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Stories

At the heart of The Last Drop are the wonderful stories that our spirits tell us about their journeys into our bottles. It is with the greatest pleasure that we recount these tales, to bring the spirits to life, and to enhance the experience of tasting sharing them. in the Stories section, we will be highlighting some of our favourite stories: of discovery, of taste, of creation, and of the journeys and experiences we have encountered. We hope you enjoy them.

The Remarkable Podcast Series

Hello. It’s with the greatest pleasure that we are launching The Last Drop’s podcast: The Remarkable. As Curators of the World’s Most Remarkable Spirits, we come across some fascinating people on our travels, in our conversations and among our friends and customers, with extraordinary and compelling stories to tell: of remarkable lives lived to the full; inspiring stories, experiences and ideas that we wanted to share, alongside our own discoveries.

And so, the idea of The Remarkable podcast was born, and we are delighted to introduce our first three guests. Each episode is a conversation between me, Rebecca Jago, the managing director of The Last Drop, and a different guest: someone who we feel has a remarkable story to tell – of human endurance, of exquisite artistry, of creating sublime moments. 

We look forward to bringing you more Remarkable conversations with remarkable people, and to hearing what you think – and any suggestions you may have for future guests.

Rebecca Jago


Episode 9. Louise McGuane: Reimagining Irish Whiskey Traditions

Growing up in a small town on the West coast of Ireland, Louise McGuane was raised with a deep respect for her Irish roots and a passion for chasing new opportunities. After working internationally for many years, her evolution from small-town farm girl to Irish Whiskey pioneer came full circle when she returned home with a new-found commitment to elevating Irish Whiskey on the global stage.

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Episode 8. Beanie Espey: Growing Up and Giving Back

Beanie Geraedts-Espey is the Managing Director of Distillers Ventures Limited, the charitable arm of London Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Distillers. As such, she is responsible for the Distillers One of One Auction: a bi-annual charity auction which can lay claim to being the largest Scotch Whisky Auction in the world.

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The Avengers of spirits: how The Last Drop Distillers brought together experts from across the industry

Kickstarted by the label’s bone-deep commitment to the notion of sharing expertise, The Assembly is celebrated for its centuries’-worth of know-how

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From Scotland via the Caribbean to Japan, and back again, The Last Drop Distillers’ 2023 Collection is a celebration of global spirits

This new Collection, which comprises a trio of bottles, exhibits how liquid and cask are dovetailed to create unique expressions

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Episode 7. Drew Mayville: The secrets of the blend

Ask Drew Mayville about his ‘why’, and his answer is that it’s the ‘wow’. The reason he has devoted more than 40 years of his life to the creation and blending of whiskey is quite simply, he says, because he wants “to wow” and to excite those who are lucky enough taste the results.

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Episode 6. Tom Marchant: Reshaping Luxury Travel

To inspire (verb) – to enthuse, excite, animate and affect positive change or joy in people – this, to Tom Marchant, is the real potential of travel. Owner and co-founder of The Black Tomato Group, parent company of the travel brands Black Tomato and Epic Tomato, along with incentive agency The Black Tomato Agency and Studio Black Tomato, the award-winning content and strategy agency, Tom was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury by Walpole in 2020. As the go-to consultants for ultra luxury travel experiences that are off the beaten track, not in the guidebook and/or truly immersive in local culture, Black Tomato plans tailored trips that will stir souls and possibly even change lives.

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Episode 5. Ross Lovegrove: Reflections on Creation

Design is not so much about selling products and building brands for Ross Lovegrove, it’s a question of life and depth. His signature futuristic, organic forms have shaped everything from staircases to concept cars, fragrance bottles to bicycles, high tech speakers and plastic chairs – but Ross is more than one of the world’s most acclaimed industrial and product designers. As holistic as his work is high-tech, he is an artist, a thinker, a philosopher, and a passionate supporter of the environment, and challenger of the status quo. The best, he says, is yet to come.

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Episode 4. Max Girardo: Fuelling Dreams

There are few, if any, who know and understand cars as well as Max Girardo, but this man’s expertise goes far beyond torque and horsepower. Max’s other specialism is people, and it’s this that has informed the classic car specialist and auctioneer in matching his extraordinary global client base to some of the most desirable vehicles in the world.

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Episode 3. Colin Scott: The Magic of Blending

Blending whisky is a very big responsibility - as the guardian of the quality of the consistency, from the past to the present to the future, it requires a nose like no other, and a longstanding dedication to the craft. Colin Scott – now Master Blender at The Last Drop after an illustrious career spanning almost 50 years in the Scotch whisky industry – knows this better than anyone. Colin is the man behind the malt, responsible for some of the world’s most esteemed and some of its rarest blends alike.

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Episode 2. Alexandra Llewellyn: It’s Never Just a Game

Backgammon, poker, cards… there are those who enjoy a game, and there are those who understand that there is always something else at play. Alexandra Llewellyn has made an art of it. Inspired by the backgammon games played (and the bonds made) as a child with her step-grandfather in the backstreets of Cairo, Alexandra’s lifelong passion can be seen in her exquisitely crafted bespoke boards, today highly coveted and commissioned internationally by well-known figures, prestigious brands and royalty.

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Episode 1. Ben Saunders: Silence and Endurance

Only three people have ever skied solo to both the North and South poles, and Ben Saunders is one of them. Holding the world record for the longest ever polar journey on foot, he has covered more than 4,500 miles (7,242km) on foot in the polar regions, and was the first to complete an expedition that previously defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. Ben’s accomplishments don’t end at the world’s poles, however, he is also an extraordinary storyteller, inspiring others to live more adventurously with his compelling tales.

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2022 COLLECTION

THE LAST DROP LAUNCHES THE 2022 COLLECTION

At The Last Drop Distillers we are delighted to introduce our latest collection of three remarkable spirits. The 2022 Collection comprises our first ever Japanese Whisky, an exceptional 70 year old Cognac and a magnificent 44 year old single malt Scotch Whisky from the Glenturret Distillery.

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Remarkable 100 Year Old Pineau des Charentes

The Last Drop Launches a Remarkable 100 Year Old Pineau des Charentes

The Last Drop, curators of the world’s most remarkable spirits, launched its latest release, no 23, on 16th September 2021, at an event in London. This unique bottling of a century old Pineau des Charentes is remarkable in every way.

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The Last Drop Forms The Assembly, a Panel of Independent Experts from Across the Spirits World

The Last Drop, curators of the world’s most remarkable spirits, has formed The Assembly, an independent and carefully selected panel of experts drawn from across the spirits industry, each a renowned world-leader in their own category. Drew Mayville, Master Blender for the Sazerac Company, and Colin Scott, Master Blender for The Last Drop Distillers of London, have been named Founding Members of The Assembly.

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The Bourbon Pursuit Podcast

The Bourbon Pursuit Podcast

Bourbon Pursuit is one of the most popular bourbon podcasts in the US. Following the announcement of the release of The Last Drop’s 1980 Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Rebecca Jago was invited onto their podcast to talk all things Last Drop, including the uncovering of the 1980 Bourbon, and some of the other discoveries in The Last Drop Collection.

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Rebecca Jago

Forbes Online: An Interview with TLD’s Managing Director Rebecca Jago

Joe Micalleff has been writing wines and spirits for 20 years. He is also a winemaker, a wine and spirits judge and an author. In his own words, he has “tasted a lot of wines and spirits, from 200-year-old ports to centuries-old Cognacs, and many of the world’s oldest whiskies. I also write about the dusty, forgotten places of the world, the ones that reek of history and whose stories still resonate in the 21st century.” He sat down with Rebecca to talk about the business of searching for and bottling rare, ultra-aged spirits.

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The Last Drop Tawny Ports

The Last Drop Tawny Ports: 1870 & 1970

Over 150 years ago, Thomas Edison was refining his design of the first electric lightbulb, and Alexander Graham Bell was perfecting his new communications invention: the telephone. Charles Dickens – the most famous man in the world – died and Vladimir Lenin, architect of the Soviet Union, was born...

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Colin JP Scott’s 50 Year Old Signature Blend

Colin Scott’s illustrious career spans over 50 years in the whisky industry. Colin developed an early passion for whisky, as he grew up around a distillery in Orkney, and then, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father – who both dedicated their lives to Scotch whisky – he joined The Glenlivet Distillers in Edinburgh in 1973.

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