The Last Drop Distillers, the world’s most exclusive spirits collection, is pleased to announce the launch of their newest release, a 1925 Hors d’Âge Grande Champagne Cognac. This exceptionally rare discovery will mark the famed spirit hunters’ 14th release and will comprise just 182 bottles as part of the Limited Bottling range.
Forgotten for nearly 80 years, this cognac has remained a long-lost and treasured secret. On an old family estate in the heart of the Grande Champagne region, an extremely special cask lay buried at the back of a cellar. The cognac has remained hidden since 1940, behind a wall hastilybuilt to protect it from the advancing German forces, only for it then to be unexpectedly unearthed by The Last Drop Distillers in early 2018. Distilled in a small, traditional wood-fired still, the cask yielded enough liquid for less than 200 bottles, the likes of which consumers are unlikely to see or taste ever again.
“The moment we first tasted the 1925 Cognac, we knew we had a miraculous spirit before us,” says Rebecca Jago, Joint Managing Director of The Last Drop. “It is an extraordinary cognac from a single, precious cask, to rival any of the great names. It is made more poignant by the fact that it was distilled in the year my father, Tom Jago, was born. We celebrate his wonderful life with our 14th release, of which he would have been most proud.“
The Last Drop Distillers seek the finest and rarest spirits located in forgotten corners of the world, with each liquid cache warranting its own remarkable tale of discovery. In 1925, under the warm autumnal sun, on a winegrowing estate in Cognac, an old drinks-making family was picking grapes destined to be double distilled and unknowingly stored in wood for close to a century. In the same year this unique cognac was distilled, The Great Gatsby was published, work on Mount Rushmore began and the first edition of The New Yorker was released. In the UK, two influential 20th century figures were born – Margaret Thatcher and Richard Burton, along with The Last Drop’ Distillers very own co-founder, Tom Jago, who sadly passed away in October 2018. This spirit serves as a piece of history, a nostalgic reminder of the past and a nod to the influential events which helped shape our world.
Clive Carpenter of Domaine Breuil de Segonzac has noted that “rarely does a single, unblended eau-de-vie reach such all-round perfection.” On the eye, it is mahogany, with burnished copper highlights, while on the nose it opens with floral notes and fruity hints of red and black cherry. On the palate, meanwhile, it simultaneously demonstrates its impressive vintage, while having all the freshness and lively vigour of an eau-de-vie a third of its age. It is impossible to know exactly which grape varietals were distilled, but it is suspected there is a predominance of Folle Blanche, together with Ugni Blanc, Colombard and even a little Muscat. It is believed that this cognac has very unusually spent its life in an ex-Pineau des Charentes cask, imbuing it with a distinct sweetness.
As with all of The Last Drop releases, each bottle comes together with its signature 50ml miniature replica and pocket sized, leather bound tasting book with additional pages for your personal tasting notes.
The release has an RRP of £3,950 inc. VAT. UK stockists can be found at www.lastdropdistillers.com/stockists. For trade enquiries please contact The Last Drop Distillers at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 3705 5655.