Gift guide: 4 exceptional spirits for gentlemen with a discerning palate
Rare nectar from The Last Drop, Kopke, Auchentoshan, and Kavalan.
THE LAST DROP DISTILLERS 1982 BOURBON
Despite its name, the London-based company doesn’t distil its own spirits. Rather, its sole mission is to hunt down exceedingly old and rare casks and bottle them under its name. So exacting are the team’s standards that it has only had 13 releases in a 10-year history. This 13th edition is The Last Drop’s first bourbon, and is a 1982 treasure from the renowned Bu alo Trace Distillery. It’s the very last batch of its kind from Bu alo Trace and was distilled under the George T. Stagg name, part of the American distillery’s “Antique Collection” series. Just 44 bottles will hit the market at the end of the year.
The world’s oldest port house has released
a commemorative bottle in honour of
its founder, Cristiano Nicolau Kopke. The Kopke CNK Very Old Tawny Port 380th Anniversary is every
bit as impressive as
its name, and is made from a blend of tawnies from the 1920s and 1930s, and a 1900 Colheita. As it has been for the last three centuries, vinification stays true to tradition, with grapes picked by hand and crushed by foot and fermented
in granite tanks. The wines’ lengthy ageing in oak vats gives this edition aromas of spices, dried fruit
and black pepper,
and a palate bursting with jelly, cinnamon, curry and nutmeg.
The balance between sweetness and acidity lingers long after
the first sip. Only 380 bottles are available.
Auchentoshan has, for the first time in its history, bottled an expression just for Singapore. The Auchentoshan 1987 30 Year Old Single Cask seduces the nose with a perfume of honey, molasses, guava, melon and white peach, before delivering flavours
of lychee, rose petals, baked apple and a spice. There are only 383 bottles in the world, and all are exclusive to 1855 The Bottle Shop.
The maker of award-winning Kavalan Whisky is back with another surprise for the spirits world: Taiwan’s first gin. Leaping onto the bandwagon of craft gin, the distillery has chosen to take a fruit-forward approach with botanicals like starfruit, red guava and kumquat peel – all found in Taiwan – blending with traditional ones like juniper and coriander. Kavalan has also tapped into its whisky-making prowess by using a single malt base spirit made from malted barley.