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Diageo Unveil New-Look 2018 Special Releases Whiskies

Caol Ila
There are two Caol Ila expressions in the 2018 series

Diageo have revealed the line-up of whiskies in their 2018 Special Releases collection, with Brora and Port Ellen absent for the first time.

The annual collection of premium whiskies from across the drinks giants’ distilleries features familiar names like Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Talisker, whilst the silent Pittyvaich and Carsebridge (a grain distillery) do get a look in.

Last year Diageo announced plans to resurrect both the Port Ellen and Brora and both distilleries will now see annual releases outside of the Special Releases series.

The nine whiskies will be released later in the year, although the Australian market is still rolling out the 2017 editions.

So far nine expressions have been announced, with Diageo’s global malts ambassador Donald Colville told ScotchWhisky.com that a tenth will be announced later in the year.

“We need to keep our secrets, but what I will say is it’s going to be something different, something special and something everybody will really love,” he said.

“The thing with the Special Releases is every bottling is brilliant and they’ve all got their unique stories.”

The 2018 Special Releases

In alphabetical order, “limited release” if bottle outturn not specified

Carsebridge 48-Year-Old
43.2%, refill American oak, 1,000 bottles

Caol Ila Unpeated 15-Year-Old
59.1%, refill American oak and European ex-sherry butts

Caol Ila 35-Year-Old
58.1%, refill American oak and refill European oak butts, 3,276 bottles

Inchgower 27-Year-Old
55.3%, refill American oak, 8,544 bottles

Lagavulin 12-Year-Old
57.8%, refill American oak

Oban 21-Year-Old
57.9%, refill American oak

Pittyvaich 28-Year-Old
52.1%, refill American oak, 4,680 bottles

Singleton Of Glen Ord 14-Year-Old
57.6%, refill American oak and European ex-sherry butts

Talisker 8-Year-Old
59.4%, refill American oak

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