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Diageo 2018 Scotch Whisky Special Releases Collection

NjF85J9wTen remarkable Scotch Whiskies will be released in limited quantities this autumn, as part of
Diageo’s annual Special Releases collection. Eagerly anticipated by whisky enthusiasts and
knowledge hunters worldwide, the limited edition natural cask strength bottlings are
meticulously hand-selected each year by a masterful blending team, to form a rare and soughtafter

Impeccably crafted and beautifully packaged, the collection encompasses some of the rarest and
oldest whiskies from famous, lesser known and often closed distilleries. Each whisky within the
2018 Special Releases range is a limited edition rare bottling that represents a fragment of
Scotch Whisky history. These whiskies have been crafted to be cherished and enjoyed

This year’s collection celebrates a year of firsts, from the first inclusion of an INCHGOWER
bottling, to the ingenious and unique five-cask process used to triple mature THE SINGLETON
GLEN ORD 14 year old. There are ten bottlings in all, nine of which have previously been

Diageo has announced CLADACH as the 10th bottling. Cladach is a Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
that captures the character of Scotland’s coastline, features a blend from six renowned coastal
distilleries – Caol Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower and Talisker. Gaelic for the word
‘shoreline’, CLADACH embodies maritime aromas of salt, warm sand and seaweed, and is salty
with rich honey and citrus notes in taste.

For the first time since the collection’s launch in 2001, Port Ellen and Brora will not be included
in the range. Although Diageo has announced the re-opening of the new Port Ellen & Brora
distilleries, the current stocks from the original distilleries are diminishing. As such, we have
decided to give Port Ellen and Brora the single-minded focus they deserve. They will still be
available to purchase and enjoyed by consumers as annual bottlings. More details will be
announced in due course.

2018 Special Releases Collection List & In Brief Notes

CAOL ILA UNPEATED 15 year old - US SRP: $129
In Brief: Deep gold: mild nose, with the fruity sharpness of green apples and orange zest. Dense, firm and mild at
first with a sweet, minty - salty taste, then a freezing heat and a long and warming finish.
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 - US SRP: $989
In Brief: Antique gold color, floral and fruity on a fresh-clean, smoky base. Cooling and fluid, with a smooth texture.
Starts sweetly and soon dries, with a rising peaty pungency and a spicy-sweet finish.
ABV 58.1%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill European Oak Butts
Number of bottles: 3,276

CARSEBRIDGE 48 year old - US SRP: $959
In Brief: A deep gold color with the delicate, light and balanced nose of a very old grain, then a rich texture,
voluptuous mouthfeel and a big, soft , sweet, then gently spicy taste. Long finish.
ABV 43.2%
Region: Lowlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles: 1,000

Only available to order via, GB SRP: £155
In Brief: Full gold, with a series of coastal aromas that a dash of water brings together superbly; the palate and finish
are equally flawless. A whisky that is the very essence of a coastal malt.
ABV 57.1%
Region: Coastal
Cask: First Fill American Oak ex-Bourbon casks, Refill American Oak Hogsheads, Refill European Oak Butts, Ex
Bodega European Oak Butts
Limited availability worldwide

INCHGOWER 27 year old - US SRP: $359
In Brief: Full yellow gold, a complex and surprising malt from a little known yet historic distillery that has retained
the distillery character well; nutty and spicy, it is vivacious for its twenty-seven years.
ABV 55.3%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles: 8,544

LAGAVULIN 12 year old - US SRP: $139
In Brief: A vast palette of aromas and flavors awaits, wherever you look on the nose and the palate. Sweet, oily, and
salty, then vinegar-dry and drying.
ABV 57.8%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide

OBAN 21 year old - US SRP: $549
In Brief: Dramatic, brooding and compressed, the nose spans a whole range of senses as it shows malt, fruit, oak,
peat and sea-air. The taste is intense and sweet, with some saltiness.
ABV 57.9%
Region: Highlands
Cask: Refill European Oak Butts
Limited availability worldwide

PITTYVAICH 28 year old - US SRP: $419
In Brief: It takes time to appreciate the full impact of this appetisingly pithy, charred, occasionally sweet Pittyvaich,
which is at one and the same time straightforward, yet also full- flavored and forceful, with a long finish and a late,
drying, bracing quality.
ABV 52.1%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles: 4,680

Only available to order via, GB SRP: £100
In Brief: A classic The Singleton Glen Ord with heightened signature aromas of baked apple and sweet orange fruit,
beeswax and spice. Smooth and sumptuous too, on a palate rich in mature fruit notes.
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
Only available to order via, GB SRP: £70
In Brief: Detailed at natural strength, this fine Talisker is smooth, lengthy, integrated and precisely balanced
throughout, with a sweet and youthful assuredness.
ABV 59.4%
Region: Island
Cask: First fill Ex-Bourbon American Oak Hogsheads
Limited availability worldwide

About the Special Releases
During the late 1980s, the benchmark expressions of single malt whiskies from six single malt distilleries
became well known under the CLASSIC MALTS name. Interest in older and rarer malt whiskies in general
also grew during this period. One product of this was the RARE MALTS, a series of rarer releases begun
in 1995, and which ended in 2005. There remained a demand for unusual, distinctive, often older,
unrepeatable cask strength bottlings, usually of the CLASSIC MALTS. Such bottlings allowed collectors,
connoisseurs and enthusiasts to enjoy and experience remaining older stocks, and/or unusual expressions
of a distillery’s character - a treasure trove of priceless malts. To satisfy this demand, the SPECIAL
RELEASES series was born in 2001, and the annual collection - with familiar names and some surprises -
has been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts ever since.

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