It isn’t too often you see new releases from those behind Last Drop Distillers, which is likely with good reason – they only offer very limited edition, rare old bottlings of Scotch which command top, top dollar on the retail market. Last year saw the debut of of a 50-year-old blended whisky, and now word has just come down of their latest release, a 48-year-old blend.
The new Last Drop Distillers 48 Year Old blended Scotch whisky, according to The Spirits Business, has in its mix single grain and single malt whiskies, the youngest of which were distilled back in 1965. It is said by those behind this expression that several of the distilleries represented in the blend are shuttered, “making this a truly rare and luxurious Scotch whisky – the like of which you may never taste again.”
As the history of this whisky goes, 27 years ago a small amount of the original Scotch was refilled into new ex-bourbon American oak casks for further aging. It was then matured in “one of the oldest traditional warehouses” in the Scottish Highlands to create the final product, put into just 592 bottles at 48.6% ABV. It already has won high praise from the likes of renowned whisky writer Jim Murray, who named it in his 2015 Whisky Bible as both Scotch Whisky of the Year and the Scotch Blend of the Year.
Each one of these bottles, commanding a retail price of between $3,000 and $4,000 USD, is wax-dipped by hand and then placed into a special leather case. Accompanying the whisky is a smaller 50 ml bottle for those who want to try it without cracking open their investment grade Scotch. Also included is a “leather-bound booklet that certifies your bottle and leaves room for personal tasting notes.”
Official tasting notes for this release are below. As for where to pick up one of these thousands of dollars bottles, here you go.
A rich, yet golden chestnut. On the nose, warm figs and ripe peaches are balanced with layers of pear and cinnamon-spiced orange. Once in the mouth, the flavour is both complex and smooth with a slow release of ripened peaches, pear brandy and toasted oak wood. Dark chocolate, almond and peach linger in the mouth.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...