The biggest spirits stories of 2018

11th January, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Industry bids Tom Jago farewell

Sorrow reverberated across the drinks industry in October when news broke that Tom Jago, co­founder of The Last Drop Distillers, had died at the age of 93.

The industry pioneer co-­founded The Last Drop Distillers in 2008 with James Espey, a company dedicated to seeking out “the world’s finest, rarest and most exclusive spirits” for bottling.

Prior to this, Jago had worked as the head of innovations at International Distillers & Vintners (IDV) and was involved in the development of brands such as Baileys, Le Piat D’Or, The Classic Malts and Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The Last Drop Distillers thanked Jago for “his brilliance” and “incisive humour”.

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