The Last Drop Distillers have released a new autumn collection that includes three rare, aged spirits. This is a first for the company but hopefully not the last.
The Autumn Collection
The raison d’etre of The Last Drop Distillers is to collect rare and exclusive spirits and release them for the world to enjoy. With the Autumn Collection they are doing just that, and we couldn’t be happier about it. The collection includes three limited aged releases: a 1980 Bourbon, a 43 year old Rum and a vintage Cognac from 1959.
Rebecca Jago, Managing Director of The Last Drop Distillers notes: “This is a very special autumn for us: it is an opportunity to showcase a trilogy of superb releases that demonstrate our unique cross category approach. We are particularly excited to present our first ever Rum: this is a spirit we have long hoped to find, but we have been disappointed until now.
“Each of these spirits is a small marvel of its kind, just waiting to be savoured by those seeking the truly remarkable. The pleasure of curation is in the sharing of the discovery, so we are delighted to be able to share these unique bottles from our collection.”
Tasting notes for 1980 Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey
This is the second ever Bourbon released by The Last Drop and it’s a good one. A total of 240 bottles are available worldwide. It was originally distilled in 1980 by Gary Gayheart.
The nose opens with notes of dried fruit, figs and sweet cherries. There is a dark undertone to the Bourbon, filled with leather and wood.
The palate is full of caramel, oak wood, butterscotch and sweet nuts. Dark chocolate and bitter coffee give it a richness and a luxurious feel. Warming notes of cinnamon also come through.
The finish is dark and lingers on oak wood and cinnamon heat.
Tasting notes for 1976 “Overproof” Very Old Jamaica Rum
This is the first ever Rum launch for The Last Drop and is particularly exciting. There are 183 bottles available worldwide. It was distilled from pure sugar cane in 1976 and matured in ex-Bourbon barrels in Jamaica, before being transported to Liverpool
The nose begins with a rich sweetness and has an almost medicinal quality. It is thick and aromatic, full of fruit flavours and smoke.
The palate is oaky and sweet. Allspice, aniseed and nutmeg appear, giving it a lovely warmth. Citrussy oranges and tobacco give it a well rounded body, complementing the spices perfectly. The smoke is gentle and elegant.
The finish lingers on spice and smoke.
Tasting notes for 1959 Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac
With only 21 bottles available worldwide this is a rare spirit indeed. The Last Drop have somewhat of a speciality in Cognac and their expertise really comes through with this one. It is believed to have been distilled in 1959, meaning it has an incredible over 60 years of maturation.
The nose is full of citrus notes and a sweet candied exotic fruits flavour. Tobacco gives it a nice edge and really brings it to life.
The palate has hints of oak wood and is remarkably fresh. Fruit flavours take over, with lots of tart berries and orchard fruits appearing.
The finish is refined and filled with fruit notes.
These are three very exciting releases from The Last Drop. Each is rare and aged to perfection. They are wonderful additions to an already stellar line up for The Last Drop Distillers.
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