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Release No. 3 - Only 388 bottles were produced!
The Last Drop 50 Year Old is the glorious result of taking a big risk. The company could easily have sold the whole of their original 1960 release - the 1,347 bottles are long since gone. But they decided to give time another try and put a few gallons back into selected sherry casks, to see if yet more ageing in wood would work a bit of extra magic. The result is an award-winning, “life-remembering dram of labyrinthine complexity.”
A powerful blast of Spanish oak, structured but without noticeable tannins. Behind the wood there is rich fruit cake, tangy herbs and a touch of forest mushrooms - this whisky is, remember, 50 years old. The French have a phrase for this: pourriture noble, meaning ‘noble rot’.
In the mouth, the first impression is of smooth alcohol imbued with rich malt. The high proof hides great subtlety, but a touch of water releases the sweetness on the palate and the complex fruits that are at the heart of this magnificent blend.
At the end, there remains the nose. Powerful, glorious. Until you wash the glass, it remains, long after you might expect, filling the room with a lovely, ancient fragrance.
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