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Diageo's Friends of the Classic Malts Royal Lochnagar and Talisker

Category - Spirits, whisky, Scotch, single malt, 48% abv

Available - From this month

Location - UK, Germany and Switzerland

Price - SRP of GBP80 (US$130) per bottle 

Distribution - Diageo

Diageo is launching two new limited-edition single malt Scotch whiskies exclusively for its members group, Friends of the Classic Malts.

Royal Lochnagar and Talisker variants will come out this month, Diageo said today (17 December). Only a few thousand bottles of each expression are being produced.

Diageo said three more expressions in the Friends of the Classic Malts series will come out next year, with details to follow.

All liquids in the series are triple matured, first in refill casks and then in charred American oak hogsheads. The whiskies have a third maturation in European Oak refill casks.

Friends of the Classic Malts is Diageo's Scotch whisky fan club that has around 1m members world-wide.

This month, Diageo said it had lined up the global roll-out of a new range of single malt Scotch whiskies from its Mortlach distillery in Speyside, as the site prepares for a capacity expansion.