Diageo announces Special Releases Collection

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It’s four months from Christmas and every whisky geek knows what that means: it’s time for Diageo to unveil its Special Releases Collection.

Whiskies in the range retail anywhere from £90 for the Lagavulin 12yo to £2, 625 for the Port Ellen 37yo. Four originate from closed distilleries.

‘The Special Releases range is always a highlight in our calendar year, it reflects the truly extraordinary range of stocks our blenders have available to them,’ Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, said.

The Collectivum XXVIII is the tenth bottle to make up the collection and the fourth non-age statement malt in this series to date.

‘The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply impeccable. We’re looking forward to sharing this year’s collection with the world and in particular keen to see the response to the new Collectivum XXVIII.’

The oldest whisky to be released is a 52yo from the Port Dundas Distillery, the oldest it’s released. Glen Elgin 18yo makes a return to the range.

Each whisky in the 2017 Special Releases range is a limited edition, rare bottling.

See full collection below:

Blair Athol 24yo
Distilled 1993, 58.4% abv
Region: Highlands
Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
Max. 5,514 available worldwide

Brora 34yo
Distilled: 1982, 51.9% abv
Region: Coastal Highlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Max. 3,000 available worldwide

Caol Ila 18yo
59.8% abv
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide

Lagavulin 12yo
56.5% abv
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide

Port Dundas 52yo
Distilled: 1964, 44.6% abv
Region: Lowlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Max. 752 available worldwide

Collectivum XXVIII
Distilled: NAS, 57.3% abv
Region: Speyside, Islay, Island, Lowland, Highland
Cask: Blend of Refill American Oak Hogsheads,
Refill European Oak Butts, Ex-Bodega European
Oak and First Fill Bourbon Casks
Limited quantities available worldwide

Convalmore 32yo
Distilled: 1984, 48.2% abv
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Max. 3,972 available worldwide

Glen Elgin 18yo
Distilled: 1998, 54.8% abv
Region: Speyside
Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
Max. 5,352 available worldwide

Port Ellen 37yo
Distilled: 1979, 51% abv
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill
American Oak Butts
Max. 2,988 available worldwide

Teaninich 17yo
Distilled: 1999, 55.9% abv
Region: Coastal Highlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill
American Oak Barrels
Limited quantities available worldwide

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