The Last Drop Distillers, owned by Sazerac and known for sourcing rare spirits into high end collectible offerings, recently released “The Last Drop 50-Year-Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky,” created by Master Blender Colin J.P. Scott. It is their first signature blend and limited to just 500 bottles worldwide.
Scott joined The Last Drop as their Master Blender after working at Chivas Brothers, where he created the iconic Chivas Regal 18 year old alongside the original founders of The Last Drop.
Scott used his knowledge and experience in blending to craft a whisky that’s said by the brand to be perfectly matured with smooth, rich flavors from all corners of Scotland. The journey for this whisky started as the new distillate of single malts and grains were filled into casks over fifty years ago. The whiskies were selected and blended before being secured in oak casks for further maturation. Final selections were made from casks of malts, grains and aged blends, resulting in this 50-year-old signature blend.
The Last Drop 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky (image via Sazerac)
“In nearly half a century in the industry, this is only the second 50-year-old Blend I have created, and I’m immensely proud both of the complexity of the whisky and of its significance: as The Last Drop’s first Signature Blend, and as my inaugural release with them,” Scott said in a prepared statement. “I sincerely hope everyone who tastes it will take as much pleasure in this whisky as I did in blending it.”
“This wonderful 50-year-old Blend marks a significant moment for The Last Drop as our first foray into the creation, as well as curation, of remarkable spirits, ”Rebecca Jago, Managing Director of The Last Drop, said. ”We hope this will be the first of many exciting new creations from the team, particularly as we see the contributions of the members of The Assembly taking shape. We are thrilled with Colin’s personal blend and cannot wait to share it with our friends and customers around the world.”
The brand said the whisky, which is priced at £3,250 (around $4,600 USD), has the following official tasting notes. It comes packaged with a signature 50ml miniature for private enjoyment and pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes.
“On nose, rich peppery spices entice and tempt further exploration. A rich fruitiness of red apples and dried apricots are enhanced by scented floral notes and balanced with sweet spices, almonds and a hint of oak. Full, sweet fruitiness of apples, warm spices and dried fruits. Then a softness of spring flowers and the nuttiness of almonds with notes of liquorice and creamy toffee. The finish is warm and lingering with hints of liquorice, spring flowers and oak. The taste remains long after the last sip.”
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.