1960 The Last Drop Blended Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1060195 95 points Whisky Advocate

 A 12 year old blended whisky was created in 1972 consisting of 70 different malt whiskies and 12 grain whiskies. The blend was then placed in three sherry casks, where it was matured for the next 36 years (highly irregular, to say the least). The quality of the sherry casks is quite evident, as is the whisky's age. There's substantial malt content here, too. These three factors, along with the wide range of malt and grain whiskies, combine to create one of the finest blended Scotch whiskies I have ever tasted. It's dark, mysterious, and enormously complex, with notes of molasses, fig cake, dried fruit, tobacco, dark chocolate, old pot still rum, and polished leather, finishing with lingering cinnamon and mint. There's no sign of this whisky getting tired at all. I am pleased they bottled it at natural strength and didn't water it down to 40% or 43% abv, which could have ruined it. (Vol. 17, #4)

K&L Notes

James Espey is a veteran's veteran, a huge figure in the history of Scotch whisky. Being retired from the industry now, Espey still has a passion for whisky as a hobby, so he decided to team up with some buddies to put together something very rare and very special. Tom Jago (who created a little brand called Baileys) and Peter Fleck have joined with Espey to create The Last Drop, a company dedicated to bottling very old and very rare spirits. For more than $2000 a bottle, it had better be draw-dropping, right? Well, it is. It is a blend of 70 single malts and 12 grain whiskies, all distilled in 1960 and then vatted and barreled for twelve years. All eight Islay distilleries are a part of the formula, as are just about every other major distillery, those both currently operating and mothballed. In 1972, the whiskey was filled into fresh sherry butts and aged for another thirty-six years. The result is ungodly. Dark, brown colored, almost an earthy hue, this stuff puts any high-end Walker blend to shame. Jim Murray has rated it as the best blended whisky currently giving it a whopping 96 points and I've seen that Hansell at the Malt Advocate is also a very big fan. There are very few of these precious bottles available in the U.S., but a few have been made available to me for any interested parties. I don't have that much money to spend on a bottle of whisky, but if I ever did, this is 100% for sure the bottle I would buy. It's really that good. (David Driscoll, K&L)

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