Last Drop Distillers Vintage 1950 Cognac
The Last Drop Distillers Limited announced their second release; this time just 487 bottles, the remaining contents of two casks that had been ageing in their little chais deep in the Charente region of France since 1950.
It has, says Tom Jago, one of the founders, what they always seek and seldom find, great maturity combined with youthful freshness. It is, he claims, ‘as perfect as a distilled spirit can get’.
This rare cognac will be in the classic Last Drop presentation; heavy bottle in a velvet-lined leather box, together with a 50ml miniature for those who want a taste of their trophy without broaching the whole thing. Both bottles are sealed with hot wax. The spirit is bottled as it comes from the cask, at 41.8%* alcohol (83.6 US proof). It will retail at about $3000.
On the same day, James Espey, Chairman and founder of The Last Drop Distillers Limited, announced that two new members will be joining the board; Ben Howkins, a respected pillar of the wine and spirits business since 1968, currently managing Director of the Royal Tokaij Company,
and Rebecca Jago, the design planner who has been responsible with her father Tom for developing the company’s packaging and promotional work. She is responsible for all visual, advertising, PR and IT work, including the construction and management of the Company’s website.
Said James, “we are proud to bring Ben on board; he has already contributed a great deal to our progress, and will be responsible for all North American marketing. Rebecca’s presence emphasises the family nature of our company.” In 2009, The Last Drop Distillers Limited became the newest (and by far the smallest) member of the prestigious Scotch Whisky Association.
The partners (and their friends around the world) are constantly engaged in seeking out such examples of perfection. “If we don’t find anything good enough, we won’t release anything,” said James. We’re not in a hurry.” He has just returned from a whirlwind trip around Canada and the USA, where the ‘new’ cognac was received with much praise. And after two days’ rest, he was off to India, where The Last Drop is selling well.