Front Runners December 2015: Lost and Profound

In 2008, three veteran spirits executives teamed up to launch the Last Drop Distillers Limited, an independent bottling company that finds and releases rare whiskies that have inexplicably languished inside the warehouses and cellars of revered distilleries. The firm’s first offering, a 1960 blended scotch found within three sherry casks at the back of Auchentoshan’s cellar, yielded 1,347 bottles; but its latest discovery, a 1967 Glen Garioch Single Malt ($6,999, lastdropdistillers.com), is decidedly rarer: Only 118 bottles exist. The whisky was distilled during a time when Glen Garioch (pronounced “Glen Geery”) floor-malted its own barley and dried it over peat fires, which imparted a subtle smokiness that is not present in the distillery’s contemporary whiskies. This rare offering also features profound notes of fresh-cut hay, ripe apricots, and a touch of honey, and its long floral finish serves as a timeless tribute to one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.

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