Diageo Special Releases

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Each year Diageo examines old, rare or unusual whiskies from their existing 28 single malt distilleries and 2 grain distilleries, and stocks from long since closed distilleries, for suitable releases to satisfy the demands of collectors and whisky enthusiasts. Known as the 'Special Releases' series, the initiative was first launched in 2001 and continues with new Special Releases each October.


Each Special Release whisky is bottled at its natural cask strength without chill-filtration. The 2015 Special Releases comprise of nine whiskies released in limited quantities, some very limited due to dwindling stocks.

My thanks to Diageo's Dr. Nick Morgan and Maureen Robinson, both are part of the Special Releases selection panel, for giving me the privilege to sample these whiskies ahead of their release.

I've personally purchased whiskies from releases from previous years and hope to secure at least two bottles from this year's release - namely the Clynelish and Dailuaine. And at a mere £90 the Caol Ila also offers superb value for money. Make that three bottles.

The following is a summary of this year's Special Releases with links to my full review of each whisky.

The Cally 40 year old Distilled 1974
53.3%
Max. 5,097 bottles available worldwide
RRP £750
Difford's Guide rating: 5/5

Dalwhinnie 25 year old Distilled 1989
48.8%
Max. 6,000 bottles available worldwide
RRP £325
Difford's Guide rating: 4.5/5

Clynelish Select Reserve
56.1%
Max. 3,000 bottles available worldwide
RRP £550
Difford's Guide rating: 5+/5

Pittyvaich 25 year old Distilled 1989
49.9%
Max. 6,000 bottles available worldwide
RRP £250
Difford's Guide rating: 5/5

Dailuaine 34 year old Distilled 1980
50.9%
Max. 3,000 bottles available worldwide
RRP £380
Difford's Guide rating: 5+/5

Caol Ila 17 year old Distilled 1997
55.9%
"Limited availability worldwide"
RRP £90
Difford's Guide rating: 5+/5

Brora 37 year old Distilled 1977
50.4%
Max. 3,000 bottles available worldwide
RRP £1,300
Difford's Guide rating: 5+/5

Lagavulin 12 year old
56.8%
"Limited quantities available worldwide"
RRP £80
Difford's Guide rating: 4.5/5

Port Ellen 32 year old Distilled 1983
53.9%
Max. 3,000 bottles available worldwide
RRP £2,400
Difford's Guide rating: 5+/5

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