We here at the GSN offices are given the opportunity to taste a rare spirit every so often. The Last Drop is one of those that most people will never get the chance to try. So, with that being said, here is our review of this $4,000 whisky.
The youngest of the 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 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. Only 592 bottles exist. Each has been wax-dipped by hand, and presented in a signature Last Drop Distillers leather case. Each case includes a 50ml miniature as well as a leather-bound booklet that certifies your bottle and leaves room for personal tasting notes.
The Last Drop 48 Year Old (97.2 proof)
Visual: Sunny yellow.
Nose: High, crisp wood grain notes with a more subtle back palate of browned butter.
Taste: The entry point is quietly reserved, but this quickly leads into a more aggressive and heady mix of tanned leather, bittersweet chocolate, scorched vanilla bean, young banana and adzuki bean paste. Really quite a smorgasbord of flavors.
Finish: Medium long, with more mid-range tones taking a slow fade. Warm autumnal essences of slumbering forest.
Overall: A surprisingly variegated whisky that doesn’t necessarily feel like its overstayed its welcome in the barrel. This is like a long-lost friend suddenly stopping by for a visit out of the blue. Time to relax and catch up with one another.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Last Drop Distillers