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:
Auchroisk™ 30 year
2,976 bottles Ã‚Â£230 The oldest Auchroisk ever released by the distillers. From a mix of American & European Oak refill casks filled in 1982.
Brora™ 35 year old
1,566 bottles Ã‚Â£400 Eleventh of a very limited series of annual releases. Vatted from whiskies at least 35 years old distilled in 1976 & 1977 and aged in refill American Oak casks
Caol Ila™ 14 year old
limited numbers Ã‚Â£66 From a batch made only once a year,: the 7th limited release of unpeated Caol Ila, the first at fourteen years old, also the first Ã¢â‚¬ËœsherriedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Caol Ila released in this series. From 1st fill ex-bodega European Oak casks filled in 1997.
Dalwhinnie™ 25 year old
5,358 bottles Ã‚Â£185 Latest of four limited releases to be offered by the distillery, and the first of these to come from rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads.
Lagavulin™ 12 year old
limited numbers Ã‚Â£71 Eleventh in a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distillerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stocks. Vatted from refill American Oak casks, each at least 12 years old.
Lagavulin™ 21 year old
2,772 bottles Ã‚Â£350 Only the second 21 year old ever bottled by the original distillers. Vatted from first fill ex-sherry European Oak casks each at least 21 years old, filled in 1991.
Port Ellen™ 32 year old
2,964 bottles Ã‚Â£600 Twelfth of a very limited series of annual releases. From refill American Oak and refill European Oak casks filled in 1979.
Talisker™ 35 year old
3,090 bottles Ã‚Â£525 The oldest limited release ever offered by the distillery. Sixteenth in this series. From American & European Oak refill casks filled in 1977. All are at natural cask strength.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once again I hope we have released whiskies here to interest very many single malt drinkers and connoisseursÃ¢â‚¬Â said Nick Morgan, DiageoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Head of Whisky Outreach.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The iconic 21 year old Lagavulin will, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure, not disappoint those who have bought the previous highly-regarded bottling, and will be a delight for those who havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tried it before. An Ã¢â‚¬ËœunpeatedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Caol Ila from ex-bodega European Oak will be fascinating. We are particularly excited about the Talisker 35 year old Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the oldest we have ever released from this celebrated distillery.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.Ã¢â‚¬Â