Last Drop Distillers launches 1982 Bourbon

Nov 20, 2018by Melita Kiely

Rare spirits bottler The Last Drop Distillers has released only 44 bottles of a 1982 Bourbon sourced from the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Of the 44 bottles released globally, 25 will be made available in the US from Fine Spirits and Wine Merchants at an RRP of US$4,000 per 750ml. It has been bottled at 45% abv. As with all Last Drop releases, the Bourbon comes with a 50ml miniature and a tasting book. The Bourbon was matured in virgin American oak barrels for 20 years before being removed to avoid “over-ageing”. The nose is said to have a hint of marmalade and coffee, leading to tropical flavours and a finish of vanilla and oak on the palate. Rebecca Jago, joint managing director of The Last Drop Distillers, said: “We are tremendously excited to present the 1982 Bourbon, our second smallest release to date. “With only 44 bottles worldwide, this is sure to become a collector’s item. The Bourbon is a wonderful spirit: deep and rounded, with delicious notes of dried fruit and honey.” Buffalo Trace owner Sazerac acquired the Last Drop Distillers in 2016 for an undisclosed sum. Mark Brown, president and CEO of Sazerac, said: “This Bourbon, distilled, aged and bottled at our very own Buffalo Trace Distillery, echoes the great relationship between Sazerac and The Last Drop and it is one we are looking forward to growing for many years to come.” Last month, industry pioneer and co-founder of The Last Drop Distillers Tom Jago died at the age of 93.