Diageo will release its Special Releases Collection for 2018 later this year. Details of this years collection ( or at least 9 out of 10 of them ) were announced today.
This years confirmed bottlings are as follows:
CARSEBRIDGE 48 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads No. of bottles: 1,000
CAOL ILA UNPEATED 15 year old
Cask: Refill & Rejuvenated American Oak Hogsheads and Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts Limited quantities worldwide
CAOL ILA 35 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 3,276
INCHGOWER 27 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads No of bottles: 8,544
LAGAVULIN 12 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads Limited quantities available worldwide
OBAN 21 year old
Cask: Refill European Oak Butts Limited availability worldwide
PITTYVAICH 28 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads No of bottles: 4,680
THE SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD 14 year old
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads and Ex- Bodega European Oak butts followed by a unique maturation and marrying process Limited quantities available worldwide
TALISKER 8 year old
Cask: First fill Ex-Bourbon American Oak Hogsheads
Limited availability worldwide
The final tenth bottling will be revealed later this year but already there is a noticeable absence of the two heavyweights Port Ellen and Brora as well as a double helping of Caol Ila, including the Special Release standard non peated version, in the lineup.
My immediate standouts are the Pittyvaich, mostly as I’ve never tried one, and the Carsebridge. I’m also curious as to the ‘unique maturation and marrying process’ involved in the Singleton of Glen Ord.
No word yet on pricing but it is a safe bet that none will be falling into the budget category…
You can see my thoughts and tasting notes for the 2017 Special Releases Collection here.
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