While pricing, full tasting notes and availability have yet to be disclosed, the octet features liquid from Mortlach, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Cragganmore, Cardhu, Lagavulin, Talisker, Pittyvaich and Dalwhinnie. So no Port Ellen, and no single grain this time round.
The ‘Rare by Nature’ theme refers to the surroundings of each distillery, as well as the distillers and blenders who made them, and “the whisky lovers who will enjoy them”.
So. What’s in the line-up?
Cardhu 14 Years Old
Said to be a “supremely elegant” expression of the “warm-hearted” Speyside Scotch.
Cragganmore 12 Years Old
A “complex and intriguing” bottling, bringing together Speyside character with “a touch of spice and smoke”.
Dalwhinnie 30 Years Old
And “extra matured and unusual” one, with an “undeniably” gentle character.
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
“Truly spirited yet youthful” – one from the classic Islay distillery.
Mortlach 26 Years Old
The Beast of Dufftown apparently at its “most impressive”.
Pittyvaich 29 Years Old
A “rare sighting” from the closed distillery.
Talisker 15 Years Old
“Sweet yet deep and spicy”. Delicious.
The Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Years Old
“Different and delicious” expression, said to never have been previously bottled.
We know they’re only skeleton details, but which of the Special Releases 2019 expressions are you most excited to taste? Let us know on social or in the comments below!