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.
Four single malt releases are Talisker 35 year old, Auchroisk 30 year, Dalwhinnie 25 year old and Brora 35 year old. The four Islay single malt releases this year are:
The eight Single Malt Whiskies of the 2012 Special Release Series
Caol Ila 14 year old
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 â€˜sherriedâ€™ Caol Ila released in this series. From 1st fill ex-bodega European Oak casks filled in 1997. Price Â£66
Lagavulin 12 year old
Eleventh in a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distillerâ€™s stocks. Vatted from refill American Oak casks, each at least 12 years old. Price Â£71 Continue reading....
Lagavulin 21 year old
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. Price Â£350
Port Ellen 32 year old
Twelfth of a very limited series of annual releases. From refill American Oak and refill European Oak casks filled in 1979. Price Â£600
Nick Morgan, Diageoâ€™s Head of Whisky Outreach said: â€œOnce again I hope we have released whiskies here to interest very many single malt drinkers and connoisseurs. "The iconic 21 year old Lagavulin will, Iâ€™m sure, not disappoint those who have bought the previous highly-regarded bottling, and will be a delight for those who havenâ€™t tried it before. An â€˜unpeatedâ€™ Caol Ila from ex-bodega European Oak will be fascinating. We are particularly excited about the Talisker 35 year old â€“ the oldest we have ever released from this celebrated distillery. â€œAnd 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.â€