Since I first heard of The Last Drop, I’ve been a big fan—in the abstract, of course. I’m unlikely to ever actually taste the stuff, generally priced near rent level, but the concept is fascinating. They have a legit team of experts who have gone around finding forgotten whiskies of all sorts, then bottling them in severely limited editions. I mean, look at this stuff.
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The latest trophy, the company’s 22nd release, is its “first foray into creation,” and it too is enticing. The Last Drop 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky, mixed by master blender Colin J.P. Scott, will be limited to just 500 bottles. The 750 ml bombshell will go for $4,250—though it comes (as do all their amazements) with a little 50 ml tasting bottle because, I mean, you’re not going to OPEN the thing are you?
The rules of age statements are what make this one especially fun; the youngest stuff in the bottle will have aged at least 50 years. As with a good cognac, it’s likely that some of the blend is much older. You’ll be tasting history.
“Our goal has always been to find casks that have been forgotten or perhaps just contained too little liquid to be considered worthy of bottling,” says Rebecca Jago, managing director. “These bottles are like museum pieces, but something you can taste, savor, and enjoy.”
Tasting notes for the juice, a combination of malt and grain whiskies, make it seem worth the stretch. “The … liquid is rich and luxurious, yet retains a balance and freshness that belies its age,” they read, “with dried fruits and scented floral notes enhanced with sweet spices and creamy toffee.”
Amber and gold in appearance, the warm tones in the glass are a reminder that this was matured in both bourbon and sherry casks. They say there’s a touch of peat, “spicy notes, the nuttiness of almonds, and surprising hints of licorice.”
We’ve sung the praises of blends before, and with the weapons Scott had at his disposal, this stuff is likely to demonstrate the height of the art. I can only imagine.