OUR SPIRITS /

With a direct supply line from Scotland and Cognac, Liquid Opulence is able to supply its clients (both on-trade and private) with some of the world’s rarest, most sought after and most highly regarded high-end spirits. Its impressive stock list includes examples such as The Last Drop 50 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (just 388 bottles released worldwide); The Last Drop 48 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (only 592 bottles released worldwide); and The Last Drop 1950 Cognac (just 478 bottles released worldwide).

In 2008, if you had invested £100,000 in the top 250 performing bottles of single malt Scotch whisky, by 2014 your investment would have been worth £190,530 (a gain of 90.53 per cent). If you’d made the same investment in the top 100 bottles, your investment would have been worth £237,540 (a gain of 137.54 per cent). And if you’d invested in only the top 10 bottles, your whisky would have been valued at no less than £400,370 (a staggering gain of 300.37 per cent).

Choosing the ‘right’ distillery is crucially important. Supply and demand is the major force behind the market for Investment Grade Scotch (IGS) continuing to outperform other alternative investments and commodities. Demand is at an all-time high with more collectors and investors than ever before attending whisky auctions and bidding online. This increase in demand and short supply is applying serious upward pressure on prices for certain bottles from certain distilleries. Couple this with the fact that enthusiasts regularly drink these rare bottles … the prospect for significant gains from investments in high-end spirits appears exceptionally promising.

The Last Drop

THE LAST DROP 48 YEAR OLD BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY

“The Last Drop 48 Year Old simply caresses your soul.”

Scotch Whisky of the Year  (Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2015)

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.

Andrew Rankin’s tasting notes:

“A rich, yet golden chestnut. On the nose, warm figs and ripe peaches are balanced with layers of pear and cinnamon-spiced orange. Once in the mouth, the flavour is both complex and smooth with a slow release of ripened peaches, pear brandy and toasted oak wood. Dark chocolate, almond and peach linger in the mouth.”

An extract from The Whisky Bible 2015

2015 Scotch Whisky of the Year • 2015 Scotch Blend of the Year

““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…”

THE LAST DROP 50 YEAR OLD BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY

“An astonishing, life-remembering dram of labyrinthine complexity.”

We now bring you the smallest offering of The Last Drop Distillers – only 388 bottles in all. Jim Murray awards it 96.5 – among the World’s top 20 whiskies. Award yourself this great experience, before there is no more.

This is a blend. Not just any blend. More than 82 whiskies went into the original marrying vat, 50 years ago, many from distilleries long ago closed and forgotten. For 12 years the blend matured, and then most was bottled and sold as a fine 12-year old whisky. However, the company forgot just three casks; they lay at the back of the warehouse, unnoticed, evaporating (the “angels’ share”), and developing an unequalled richness of nose and taste. It is from the very last of these barrels that The Last Drop 50 year old comes.

50 Year Old Whisky caseBottled by hand and sealed with wax, your bottle of The Last Drop nestles in a luxurious red leather case, along with a 50 ml miniature, so that you can taste this magnificent liquid before you decide to open the bottle. You will also find within the box, a ‘secret drawer’ containing a signed and numbered, leather-bound book, certifying your bottle of The Last Drop 1950, and with room for you to write your own tasting notes as you explore this extraordinary blend.

Left unopened, your bottle of The Last Drop 50 year old can be kept for many lifetimes if you wish – it will not change. If you decide to open it, please enjoy it… until the very last drop! There will be no more.

Jim Murray’s tasting notes:

Jim Murray is a world authority on whisky, and author of the world’s leading whisky guide, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.Jim gave The Last Drop 50 Year Old a 96.5 rating in his 2013 and 2014 Whisky Bibles, voting it The Best Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year.

“Whisky that gives you reason to live…A freak of a blend, found forgotten in a warehouse… a blend beyond silky and showing near perfect balance. Not since Serendipity has such a great whisky come about purely by chance.”

THE LAST DROP 1960 BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY

“Whisky that gives us reason to live.”

There were only 1,347 bottles left in the old sherry casks when they were found; more than a half had ‘gone to the angels’. But what remained was magnificent; it has been received with acclamation around the world.

It is bottled by hand and sealed with wax; in this way it will never change – perhaps a treat for your great-grandchildren. But you need not go without. In each satin-lined casket we place a 50ml miniature, also wax-sealed, so that you can have a generous taste.

The old way of distilling, shown here, used only peat to dry the malt – there was no other fuel in the Highlands. Today, peat is used with discretion to add that hint of smoke. You can find it in the nose of The Last Drop.

An extract from founder of The Last Drop Tom Jago’s Cellar Notes:  

“The nose has a complexity of chocolate, figs, pronounced vanilla; faintest exchos of peatsmoke; sherry wood emerges with added water. Personally, I detected a memory of ancient bodegas.

Natural sweetness on the palate, then spice at the back of the mouth. Harmonious combination of new-mown hay, dried fruit, herbs and rich biscuits. The sherry cask has rounded this whisky to a complex whole. Really spicy, long finish. A great surprise is to find the whisky still so youthfully fresh after fifty years in cask – I would almost say ‘brisk’".

THE LAST DROP 1950 COGNAC

“After sixty years, most had evaporated; but what remained was sublime."

The casks were found in a tiny distillery lost in the woods near Cognac. They lay where they had been put soon after the wine was distilled in an old-fashioned, wood-fired copper still. After sixty years, most had evaporated; but what remained was sublime.

Only some 478 bottles were obtained, which we offer for your delight. This great cognac is bottled by hand and sealed with wax, then placed in its velvet-lined leather box. And you get a 50ml miniature, too, so you need not broach the big bottle in order to appreciate its delicate beauty.

That way, the precious liquid will stay, unchanged, for hundreds of years if necessary, so that it can be savoured by your children, even their children’s children.

During its long sleep in the cellars much has been given to this great cognac, and much taken away. The oak reacts with the spirit to yield rich vanilla flavours and a deep bronze colour. The air, slowly seeping through the oak, removes any harshness that there was to start with. Sadly, at the same time, the ‘angels’ take almost half the volume with them. But what remains is more than doubly precious.

Ben Howkins’ Tasting Notes:

"Elegance, a lightness of touch. Not overdone in any way. Dry with maturity. Totally in harmony. Very refined.

The aromas lead you happily into the first taste.  The follow-through is like entering a beautiful garden. All sorts of tastes play on the tongue. The there is a soft explosion as though the sun had just burst through. There is a steely backbone. All is lit up. Then after a few minutes, the sun withdraws gently leaving a wonderful warm, seductive feeling.

The taste remains. There is a refreshing cleanness that can only come with the highest quality and the optimum age. I was constantly reminded of the classic vintages of Bordeaux at the highest level. Lafite, not Latour ,springs immediately to mind. Not a bad benchmark…"

 

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