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Product Launch - GLOBAL: Diageo's Special Release Scotch whiskies 2014

Diageo's Special Release Scotch whiskies 2014

Category - Spirits, whisky, Scotch, single malt

Available - From this Autumn

Location - Globally, from specialist retailers in Northern Europe, in selected Asian markets and in the US

Price - See below

Distribution - Diageo

Diageo has released full details of its annual line of special release single malt Scotch whiskies. This year's run features 11 expressions that will be available in limited numbers.

THE SINGLETON OF GLENDULLAN 38 1975 £750 59.8% 3,756
CAOL ILA UNPEATED 15 1998 £75 60.39% Limited global availability
CAOL ILA 30 1983 £425 55.1% 7,638
CRAGGANMORE 25 1988 £299 51.4% 3,372
LAGAVULIN 12 2002 £80 54.4% Limited global availability
PORT ELLEN 35 1978 £2200 56.5% 2,964
ROSEBANK 21 1992 £300 55.3% 4,530
BENRINNES 21 1992 £240 56.9% 2,892
BRORA 35 1978 £1200 48.6% 2,964
STRATHMILL 25 1988 £275 52.4% 2,700

The roll-out marks an increase in the number of expressions released in 2013.

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Eleven outstanding and exceptionally rare Single Malts Scotch Whiskies will be released in strictly limited quantities this autumn, including SINGLETON of GLENDULLAN 38 year old, CAOL ILA 30 year old, CLYNELISH SELECT RESERVE and CRAGGANMORE 25 year old. Each whisky in the series represents the unique flavours of the place from which it was crafted. Highly anticipated around the world by enthusiasts and collectors, the releases have been rigorously selected from rare, precious stocks by a team of experts to ensure they will deliver a unique and memorable experience to those lucky enough to drink them. 

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said: “I’m astonished that each year we manage to find such a remarkable and varied range of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies for our Special Releases. Tasting this year’s I was struck by the outstanding range of tastes and textures they deliver from the characteristically waxy Clynelish to complex Cragganmore, the surprisingly robust BENRINNES, and the relaxed smokiness of Caol Ila. And I know experts and enthusiasts alike will be equally delighted.”

The 2014 selection includes the 14th appearance of PORT ELLEN in this range - one of the most sought after Single Malts in the world - from the revered, closed distillery. Another that is sure to capture the attention of whisky connoisseurs globally is the Clynelish Select Reserve; Dr Jim Beveridge (JOHNNIE WALKER Master Blender) crafted this richly mature and complex Clynelish using individually selected casks from some of the distillery’s oldest reserves, all aged for at least fifteen years.

Caol Ila 30 year old from Islay is rich with mature peat smoke, displaying great character and surprising energy for a malt of its age; its younger sibling, Caol Ila 15 year old, is unpeated and has a fresh maritime character. From Speyside, a mellow 38 year old from the Singleton of Glendullan is the second expression in the series from the Singleton, which this year is only releasing 2800 bottles.

“We are delighted with the Singleton of Glendullan 38 year old, which bursts with the vibrant, fruity flavours that the distillery is famed for. We hope that it will be enjoyed by the lucky few who get their hands on a bottle.” Maureen Robinson, Diageo Master Blender.

Old-fashioned whisky-making shines through in a number of the releases. 

The elegant 21 year old ROSEBANK and robust Benrinnes both offer different takes on the pronounced impact of traditional worm-tub condensation, as does the deeply complex 25 year old releases from Cragganmore with an aroma rich in deep fruit and sandalwood scents, and the savoury and sweetly smoky BRORA 35 year old.

A rare bottling of STRATHMILL displays more expected Speyside characteristics is lively with floral and light fruit notes, while the whisky experts favourite, LAGAVULIN 12 year old, has a lighter spring to its step than other members of the Lagavulin family, without losing its famed herbaceous and peat smoked flavour. All of the flavourful, rare liquids deserve to be savoured and drunk responsibly.

Original source: Company Release