First Look: Diageo announce their Special Releases Collection for 2018.

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

ABV 43.2%
Region: Lowlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads No. of bottles: 1,000


ABV 59.1%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill & Rejuvenated American Oak Hogsheads and Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts Limited quantities worldwide

CAOL ILA 35 year old

ABV 58.1%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 3,276

INCHGOWER 27 year old

ABV 55.3%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads No of bottles: 8,544

LAGAVULIN 12 year old

ABV 57.8%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads Limited quantities available worldwide


OBAN 21 year old

ABV 57.9%
Region: Highlands
Cask: Refill European Oak Butts Limited availability worldwide

PITTYVAICH 28 year old

ABV 52.1%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads No of bottles: 4,680


ABV 57.6%
Region: Highlands
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

ABV 59.4%
Region: Island
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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