There are many whiskies in this glorious blend...
The youngest of the distinguished malts and grains was distilled in 1965, and many are far older. Indeed, several of the distilleries represented here have long since closed forever, making this a truly rare and luxurious Scotch whisky – the like of which you may never taste again.
Twenty-seven years ago, a small volume of the original blend was selected by the Chief Blender to be refilled into fresh ex-Bourbon American oak casks for further ageing. Since then, this small batch has been slowly maturing in one of the oldest traditional warehouses in the Highlands of Scotland resulting in a precious, chestnut-hued release that is both rich and fragrant.
Only 592 bottles exist...
Each has been meticulously bottled and wax-dipped by hand, and is presented in a signature Last Drop Distillers leather case. Each case includes a generous 50ml miniature as well as leather-bound booklet that certifies your bottle and leaves room for personal tasting notes as you explore this exceptional blend.
Jim Murray’s tasting notes
“The Last Drop 48 Year Old simply caresses your soul...”
Awarded 96.5 points, a “superstar whisky”
2015 Scotch Whisky of the Year
2015 Scotch Blend of the Year
NOSE Ridiculously pliable nose, the grain used is clearly made from corn, which, with the great age, means a distinct Canadian/ bourbon trait impresses; the spices are playful and occasionally an apologetic puff of smoke reminds you this is a blend, not a grain.
TASTE The corn oils pave the way for a fabulous delivery - not entirely unlike a breakfast cereal with a dollop of honey to sweeten things up. The oak offers a precision to the weight and spice.
FINISH Again, a hint of smoke takes you away from the North American feel to this. The honey remains perfectly measured to ensure the encroaching oaky vanilla never dominates.
BALANCE Almost impossible to imagine a blended whisky to be better balanced than this. If there is a cleverer use of honey or less intrusive oak in any blended whisky bottled in the last year, I have yet to taste it.
An award winner if ever I tasted one. Magnificent doesn’t quite cover it...