Sazerac’s Last Drop Distillers has curated its first Autumn collection of rare, aged spirits. The trio will consist of a Bourbon distilled in 1980, a 43-year-old Jamaican Rum and a vintage Cognac from 1959.
The collection is following the example set by parent company Sazerac with its annual Antique Collection, with the Last Drop Autumn collection being made available in very limited quantities.
The Buffalo Trace Bourbon was distilled in 1980 at what was then the George T. Stagg Distillery, which is now known as Buffalo Trace Distillery. The distillery was purchased in 1992 by the Sazerac Company, buying the liquid that came with it.
As with the magic of Last Drop Distillers curating collections of rare and almost ‘lost’ liquids, a few barrels were hiding away in one of Buffalo Trace’s warehouses until a complete inventory was taken in 1998. At this time the Bourbon was 18 years old; for two more years the barrels remained in place and at 20 years old they were vatted into stainless steel to halt the ageing effects.
After another 20 years in stainless, Sazerac and The Last Drop believe the forty years total maturation has produced one of the finest bourbons ever made.
Tasting notes describe this Bourbon as: “the definition of flamboyant, with an orchestra of flavors, each flavor harmoniously mingled. It transforms miraculously from a dark chocolate, almond, leather, caramel and oak to a gentle warming spiciness, concluding with a virtual symphony on your palate.”
The 1980 Bourbon is release 19 from The Last Drop, and only the second Bourbon. Only 240 bottles of the ultra-rare Bourbon are available worldwide. It is 90 proof. Suggested retail price is $4,600; state taxes will vary per market.
The Autumn Collection will be available starting in November. As with all of The Last Drop releases, each bottle comes packaged with a signature 50 ml miniature and pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes.