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Meet Cladach, the blended malt that completes Diageo Special Releases 2018

Last month we joined Diageo to taste the Special Releases 2018 cohort – but there was one expression we were asked to keep under wraps. Until now. The mysterious 10th Scotch whisky expression is… Cladach!

‘What IS Cladach?’, we hear you cry. No, it is not the first release from a secret new distillery (although like many new releases it doesn’t carry an age statement). It is a blended malt from six coastal distilleries: Caol Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower and Talisker. And it’s delicious.
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We tasted Diageo Special Releases 2018 and (almost) all the deets are here!

Diageo Special Releases

Last night we were treated to a highly classified tasting of Diageo’s Special Releases 2018 line-up. Yes, we felt like secret agents – and yes, the whole thing was GOOOOOOOOD. We’ve got the lowdown on [most of] the whiskies for you, right here, right now.

First up… We’re publishing this post a little sooner than expected. We pinky-promised to keep all the Special Releases secrets shtumn until 12 September, i.e. the official press launch date. But! This afternoon we were alerted that not every drinks writer is as good as keeping secrets as we are. Boo. But it DOES mean we can now bring you some details of how the Special Releases 2018 line-up actually tastes!

Every year the Special Releases collection gets tongues (and taste buds) wagging. The [usually] 10-strong collection of Scotch whiskies from an array of Diageo distilleries is a showcase of cask-strength deliciousness, a celebration of flavour, and there’s often one of two unusual bottlings thrown in for good measure… This year was no exception.
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Modern blended whiskies you’ll want to boast about

Blended whisky gets a seriously bad rap – call time on single malt snobbery, and stock your home bar with these modern blended whiskies (and blended malts) that equal far more than the sum of their parts…

In the age of the single malt, you’ll be hard pushed to find anyone who would freely admit that their favourite sipper is of the blended variety. For all intents and purposes, it’s the equivalent of wearing a Status Quo t-shirt to a Sex Pistols gig.

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Categories : American Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Diageo introduces (most of) the 2018 Special Releases

Diageo has unveiled 9 out of 10 of the always hotly-anticipated Special Releases bottlings for 2018, due to be hitting shelves in autumn – with one whisky’s identity remaining a secret until later this year. 2018 will be the first year the Special Releases won’t feature a Port Ellen or Brora since the series launched.

Diageo has given us a tantalising peek at most of the Special Releases expressions due to be launched in autumn. These bottlings never fail to fascinate the whisky enthusiasts of the world, and once again a good few of them have us raising our eyebrows in excitement.

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #19: Wolfburn Northland Single Malt

Six days to go, and Drinks by the Dram is making the most of the limited Advent time remaining by giving us another Scottish single malt whisky on Day #19 of the Whisky Advent Calendar!

Yesterday, a gorgeous Highland whisky was our reward for Advent patience. Today, we’re going even further into the same territory, to Scotland’s northernmost mainland whisky distillery. This is an adventure of a dram that will have you howling at the Christmas moon with joy!*

Yes, behind window #19 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is… Wolfburn Northland Single Malt!

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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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The Diageo Special Releases 2017 Tasting Set is here!

Big Diageo Special Releases fan? Wish there was a way to sample the whole caboodle in one go? You’re in luck – prayers and petitions have worked and the Diageo Special Releases 2017 Tasting Set is now a thing!

The Special Releases drum up quite the following when the whiskies are unveiled each year. Love or loathe the concept, we bet your Twitterbooks feeds are packed with opinions and tasting notes as the liquid is revealed. With the 2017 outturn featuring the likes of Port Ellen, Brora, an unusual blended malt, and the oldest whisky ever bottled by Diageo (Port Dundas 52yo), this autumn saw Special Releases perhaps pack the biggest punch yet.
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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Port Ellen and Brora to reopen by 2020 – yes, really!

*MEGA WHISKY NEWS KLAXON*

The rumours are true! Two of Scotland’s most iconic closed whisky distilleries, Port Ellen and Brora, are to be brought back to life by 2020, to the jubilation of whisky geeks the world over.

It hardly needs stating that these most beloved of Scotch whisky distilleries – Port Ellen on Islay, a few miles from Lagavulin, and Brora on the remote eastern coast of Sutherland, adjacent to Clynelish – have garnered a cult-like following in the 34 years since their closure; their highly sought-after bottlings (which often command four-digit prices on the secondary market) an integral part of the Diageo Special Releases programme.

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