Last Drop releases 1972 Lochside single grain

20th March, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

Rare whisky bottler The Last Drop Distillers has launched a 1972 single grain Scotch whisky from the closed Highland distillery, Lochside.

The Last Drop 1972 Lochside has joined the bottler’s Extremely Rare collection

Just 106 bottles of The Last Drop 1972 Lochside (44% abv) will be available at an RRP of £2,400.

The whisky – the eighth release in Last Drop’s Extremely Rare collection ­– was filled into second fill Bourbon casks and left to mature for more than 44 years until it was bottled in January this year.

Andrew Rankin, of Last Drop Distillers, offers tasting notes of “vanilla, caramelised apple and a noticeable, oaky richness”, while the finish is said to have a “lingering richness of fruit and aromatic cherries with pleasant peppery hints”.

Each bottle of The Last Drop 1972 Lochside is hand-bottled, direct from the cask, without fining or filtration, and is presented in a brown leather case accompanied by a 50ml miniature, a certificate of authenticity, a tasting booklet and a custom-made stopper.

Lochside Distillery was based in the Highland town of Montrose and operated for 35 years until closing its doors in 1992.

The Last Drop Distillers was acquired by US-based spirits company Sazerac in September last year for an undisclosed sum, however the business continues to operate autonomously.

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