A Blend Of Vintage & Rare Whiskeys From Buffalo Trace Distillery
Only 1,458 Bottles Exist - A truly once-in-a-lifetime whiskey
Presenting the Signature Blend by Drew Mayville. Mayville has held the title of Sazerac master blender and director of quality at Buffalo Trace Distillery since 2004.
Drawing upon his 40-year mastery in making award-winning spirits, and his matchless palate, and a veritable treasure trove of vintage whiskeys from the Buffalo Trace Distillery featuring three different mashbills (wheated bourbon, rye bourbon and straight rye), Mayville has created a unique and irreplaceable blend of Kentucky Straight Whiskeys including bourbons and straight ryes from the archives. He says "my aim was to use these exceptional whiskeys, each magnificent in its own right, to create a blend which is somehow greater than the sum of its parts."
To bring his vision for The Last Drop to life Drew blended vintage whiskeys that he had been saving since he joined the Buffalo Trace Distillery team over 18 years ago. He tasted more than 40 different vintage bourbon and rye whiskeys, creating multiple combinations of these spirits before arriving at the final masterpiece that bears his signature. Bottled at 121.4 proof, Drew left this high-proof blend uncut and unfiltered to maximize its flavor and complexity.
The resulting liquid is a celebration of the art of blending, allowing the individual components to shine while creating a majestic whole that is truly remarkable and impossible to replicate.
Each bottle of The Last Drop Signature Blend of Kentucky Straight Whiskeys is individually numbered and bears Mayville’s physical signature. As with all recent Last Drop bottlings, it’s contained in a bespoke bottle that suspends mid-air in an oak frame, held within a green leather case alongside a 50ml miniature for private enjoyment, certificate of bottling and pocket-sized tasting book.
"Yeah, it’s amazing. Just f*cking amazing ... I know this: it truly does taste amazing. It’s a hell of a thing that this isn’t a bourbon or rye, as it would easily be in the number one spot for those respective end-of-year lists. Moreover, these bottles tend to gain massive value if kept for investment. So maybe hold onto one for a decade and then buy a new car in ten years?" - Zach Johnston, Uproxxx (99 Points)
"The nose offers leather, furniture polish and tannic oak in front of cinnamon-dusted baked apples, brandied cherries, orange peel, and gooey caramel. The palate is big and rich, with a great depth of flavor. On the one hand, there's cedar, spearmint and rye spice, and on the other, sugar-dusted dried fruits such as apricots and cranberries, along with toffee, cloves, and black pepper. A lengthy finish offers barrel char and maple syrup, juicy plums, vanilla bean, and peanut brittle. A memorable, long-lasting and rewarding dram." - Jake Emen, Distiller (96 Points)
Colour: A rich, golden amber hue speaks of the wood, the age and the maturation these whiskeys have been through. The high proof can be seen in the long legs which linger on the glass.
Nose: This reminds me of walking into one of Buffalo Trace’s most famous warehouses, built all those years ago: the atmosphere, the history and the provenance – it packs an evocative punch. Deep, dark fruit, figs, and dates on the nose, some raisins, and an aromatic spiciness, with citrus zest. There is some spiciness from the straight rye, and a creamy, vanilla from the bourbons, yielding a complex and layered flavor.
Palate: To begin with, there are dark fruits, candy and orange peel upfront. From there, we begin a journey through a veritable spice merchant’s storeroom, and into a saddle room full of worn leather and wax. The ages of the whiskeys in this blend, and the magnificent impact of the American oak are here in perfect balance with the individual elements of the blend. A crescendo of rich and raw spiciness transitions across your palate: that balance is pure magic.
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