The Last Drop Distillers’ new releases

The 'rare spirits hunters' showcase current range in Sydney

Fathers & Daughters: Founders, the late Tom Jago and James Espey OBE, with joint managing directors Rebecca Jago and Beanie Geraedts-Espey

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Promoting spirits for the true connoisseur, Rebecca Jago, managing director of The Last Drop Distillers Limited, hosted an intimate tasting dinner for media on Wednesday 5 December. The C.U.B. Suite of The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney, was adorned with floral arrangements for the event, which featured exclusive tastings of The Last Drop’s three 2018 releases, the brand’s 10th, 11th and 12th releases in total.

As true spirit pioneers and three veterans of the industry, the founders of The Last Drop Distillers Limited have been involved in creating some of the world’s most iconic and best-loved spirit brands, such as Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Chivas Regal 18-Year-Old, in addition to two of the most original new drinks categories: Malibu and Baileys Irish Cream. In 2008, instead of retiring, James Espey OBE, the late Tom Jago and Peter Fleck decided to pool their knowledge together and turn their attention to the creation of one more unique brand by setting up The Last Drop Distillers. The Last Drop sources and bottles the world’s finest, rarest and most exclusive spirits from around the globe, earning the informal title, ‘rare spirits hunters’.

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The Last Drop Range 2008-2016

As Tom Jago’s only daughter, Rebecca’s passion for this unique quest is obvious as she discusses the ultra-limited releases.

Following canapés of feuille de brick, John Dory roe and mountain pepper and piel de sapo melon, serrano ham, lemon myrtle and mustard oil, guests were led through a three-course meal paired with the three new releases. The Last Drop 1968 Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky (RRP $10,000) is the first in a trilogy of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from the Glenrothes Distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, and paired beautifully with whole quail, black barley and a blackcurrant miso glaze. Pork loin, puffed pork skin and burnt apple mustard was a perfect foil for The Last Drop 1971 Vintage Blended Scotch Whisky (RRP $5,000), a triple-matured relic of times past from the USA, limited to only 1,352 bottles worldwide. The finale was a roasted pumpkin tart, sherry caramel and Quickes Cheddar to accompany the brand’s first-ever fortified wine. The Last Drop Centenario Tawny Port Duo (RRP TBC) is a pair of ports hailing from Portugal’s Douro Valley, totalling nearly 200 years in age. Separated by a century, the duo date from 1870 and 1970, with just 770 sets available, presented in a leather-bound box.

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The Last Drop Centenario Tawny Port Duo, 1870 and 1970

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