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OUT OF THE MIST

Lost and forgotten whiskeys are finding a new audience— with help from two grandees of the drinks industry

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BOTTOM OF THE BARREL: Jago, far right, and Espey carry business cards with the motto “Before there is no more.”
THE LAST DROP DISTILLERS (2)

HEDONISM WINES in Mayfair, west London, is glowing. The shelves that line the walls at the back of the shop are filled with some of the world’s oldest and most expensive whiskies— the rarest locked away behind glass and back-lit, so their gold and amber contents shine like liquid treasure. Among the vintage Laphroaigs and Macallans is a single, dark bottle of 1960 blended Scotch whisky. Priced at £3,228 ($4,235), it is the only one of its kind still on sale in the U.K. Unlike the whiskies surrounding it, the name on the bottle—the Last Drop Distillers Limited—belongs not to the maker but the bottler. Or, more accurately, bottlers.

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