Diageo has announced its Single Malt Scotch Whiskies to be released in limited edition this autumn in the Special Releases series. All are at natural cask strength.
As usual, the series embraces some exceedingly rare and therefore increasingly sought after single malts from the dwindling stocks of long-silent distilleries alongside expressions from familiar and less familiar working distilleries, but at unusual ages.
The eight single malt releases this year are:
Auchroiskâ„¢ 30 year
Broraâ„¢ 35 year old
Caol Ilaâ„¢ 14 year old
Dalwhinnieâ„¢ 25 year old
Lagavulinâ„¢ 12 year old
Lagavulinâ„¢ 21 year old
Port Ellenâ„¢ 32 year old
Taliskerâ„¢ 35 year old
All are at natural cask strength.
"Once again I hope we have released whiskies here to interest very many single malt drinkers and connoisseurs" said Nick Morgan, Diageo's Head of Whisky Outreach.
"The iconic 21 year old Lagavulin will, I'm sure, not disappoint those who have bought the previous highly-regarded bottling, and will be a delight for those who haven't tried it before. An 'unpeated' Caol Ila from ex-bodega European Oak will be fascinating. We are particularly excited about the Talisker 35 year old - the oldest we have ever released from this celebrated distillery.
"And our ever-diminishing stocks of Brora and Port Ellen have once again been successfully explored for hidden treasures, which will no doubt further increase the huge over-demand for these rare products . It is amazing to think that those distilleries closed nearly 30 years ago."