Rare 1970 Glenrothes Scotch Release The Latest From The Last Drop Distillers

The Last Drop Distillers, a luxury spirits brand owned by Sazerac, has been known over the years for releasing high end bottlings of casks of mostly whisky it procures from what’s said to be “remote cellars and warehouses across Scotland and the rest of the world.” Its latest release is now coming to market as a 1970 expression that completes a trilogy of single malts.

The new Last Drop 1970 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky, according to those behind it, is the 18th release under the Last Drop label. These single casks complete the trilogy of Glenrothes Single Malts. The first, from 1968 was released in 2018, and the second from 1969 in 2019.

Last Drop 1970 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Last Drop 1970 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky (image via Sazerac)

As the brand describes it “on 6th December 1970, at the renowned Glenrothes distillery deep in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands, a rich, fruity single malt was distilled and put into three neighbouring casks. They were left undisturbed to mature for fifty years before The Last Drop Distillers bottled them in January 2020, completing the trilogy of the Glenrothes Single Malt bottlings. Cask No 10586 yielded 103 bottles, Cask No 16207 produced 87 sets and Cask No 10589 filled 96 bottles, making a total of just 286 bottles available worldwide.

“Despite being neighbouring casks, the mysterious alchemy which happens between distillate, the surrounding airs and the wood has resulted in three similar, but very unique whiskies. The Last Drop Distillers celebrate the differences between individual casks and have therefore chosen to bottle each of these ‘sibling casks’ separately.

“Famed whisky expert Jim Murray shares his tasting notes of the three. He states for Cask no. 10586 that ‘the taste is delicate, the spices make their way forward, meeting little resistance from elsewhere.’ Cask no. 10588 ‘is a delicious and highly unusual mix between eggnog and bourbon.’ Finally, Cask no. 10589 ‘is so silky and salivating, and the good news is that despite the oaky intervention, the malt can still be enjoyed to the full.'”

“We are so excited to share our latest release, The Last Drop Glenrothes 1970 Single Malt Scotch Whisky,” said Rebecca Jago, managing director of The Last Drop Distillers, in a prepared statement. “In many ways, this is a particularly special release for us: the completion of a trilogy of superb releases from one of the most revered distilleries in Scotland, it also represents the trilogy of friends who founded the company.

“These three casks are truly drams for connoisseurs; ones that you might wish to savour quietly on your own, before sharing with carefully chosen accomplices who will appreciate their unique characteristics.”

As it stands now plans call for Last Drop 1970 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky to price around $6,250, with proofs varying slightly by cask (ABV of Cask No 10586 is 45.3%; Cask No 10588 is 44.1%; and Cask No 10589 is 45%). As with all of The Last Drop releases, each bottle comes packaged with a 50ml miniature replica and pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes.  


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