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Diageo Special Releases

Each year the Diageo Special Releases showcase impressive limited edition, usually cask strength bottlings of their Classic Malts alongside other rare and sought-after whiskies, often from now-closed distilleries. The 2020 Special Releases featured a continuation of the 'Rare by Nature' theme for the label designs of all the expressions, and included whiskies from Pittyvaich, Mortlach, Talisker, and even a Dalwhinnie!

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 53.4%
Mannochmore

A rare official bottling of Mannochmore here, bottled at natural cask strength as part of the 2016 Diageo Special Releases. Interestingly, it's matured in fresh American oak and European oak casks as…  More info

Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016)
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Pittyvaich 29 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

70cl, 51.4%
Pittyvaich

A lesser-spotted Pittyvaich single malt here, bottled up for Diageo's Special Releases 2019! This expression from the long-closed distillery was aged for 29 years, enjoying a double maturation in…  More info

Pittyvaich 29 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

Pittyvaich 28 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 52.1%
Pittyvaich

The Diageo Special Releases 2018 features a few surprises and treats, one of which is this single malt Scotch from Pittyvaich Distillery. Why is it so surprising? Well, the distillery was closed in…  More info

Pittyvaich 28 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 57.8%
Lagavulin

The Diageo Special Releases welcomes back the Lagavulin 12 for 2018. This is the 18th incarnation of the Islay single malt, which has only missed the very first edition in 2002. The limited release…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
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Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 59.8%
Caol Ila

Islay distillery Caol Ila is renowned for its peat smoke – but there's so much more to this single malt than merely its ember qualities, as Diageo likes to remind us every so often with the launch of…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017)
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Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.7%
Cragganmore

Limited to 4,932 bottles, this is Cragganmore's sixth appearance in Diageo's annual Special Releases. The only no age statement whisky from 2016's releases, it was matured in American oak hogsheads…  More info

Cragganmore Limited Release (Special Release 2016)
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Oban 20 Year Old 1984 (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 57.9%
Oban

A rare 20 year old Oban distilled in 1984 - part of Diageo's Special Releases back in 2004! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!  More info

Oban 20 Year Old 1984 (2004 Special Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 52.4%
Brora

A 30 year old released in 2002 as part of a group of older whiskies from the now closed Northern Highland-based distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Special Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 53.2%
Brora

Very rare cask strength 30 year old from Brora. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%
Brora

A rare, 30 year old cask strength dram from Brora. The Brora distillery has since been closed and is now used as a warehouse and visitor centre by adjacent distillery, Clynelish. This bottle was…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 56.1%
Clynelish

The second Select Reserve from Diageo's Special Releases, Jim Beveridge has again been busy hand-selecting Clynelish casks. Yep, we're all jealous of him too! Liquid was chosen from ex-bourbon…  More info

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 54.2%
Port Ellen

A rather rare bottling of 27 year old, 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (and sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on Islay. This was released in 2006 as part of Diageo's 6th…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)
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Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 50.3%
Linkwood

The first appearance of Linkwood in Diageo's Special Releases for eight years, this impressive 37 year old cask strength official bottling was matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill…  More info

Linkwood 37 Year Old 1978 (Special Release 2016)

Glenkinchie 24 Year Old 1991 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 57.2%
Glenkinchie

Matured in refill European oak butts, this 24 year old Glenkinchie single malt is part of Diageo's 2016 Special Releases. 5,928 natural cask strength bottles were produced, making it the oldest…  More info

Glenkinchie 24 Year Old 1991 (Special Release 2016)

Brora 32 Year Old (2011 Special Release)

70cl, 54.7%
Brora

An annual crowd-pleaser, Brora tends to be a muscular, sooty brute of a whisky, and we love it. 2011's Special Releases sees the launch of a 32 year old Brora, aged in refill American and European…  More info

Brora 32 Year Old (2011 Special Release)
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Auchroisk 30 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 54.7%
Auchroisk

This is the oldest distillery release from Auchroisk and has been bottled at 54.7%abv from re-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. This is a limited edition of 2,976 bottles and was released in 2012.  More info

Auchroisk 30 Year Old (2012 Special Release)
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Brora 25 Year Old (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 56.3%
Brora

A rare 25 year old release from the Brora distillery; less than 3,000 bottles were filled. This single malt was matured in American and European oak and exudes nutty, winter spice notes. Please…  More info

Brora 25 Year Old (2008 Special Release)
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Brora 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 48.1%
Brora

The oldest release to date of this rare single malt - this 35 year old Brora was bottled at 48.1%abv from re-fill ex-Bourbon casks. Only 1,586 bottles were produced of this excellent single malt in…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.4%
Brora

The fourteenth annual release of Brora single malt in Diageo's Special Releases is also the oldest in the series - a 37 year old 1977 vintage matured in refill American oak hogsheads. A release of…  More info

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)
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Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%
Brora

Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007. Please note: The…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2003)

70cl, 57.8%
Lagavulin

It's the Lagavulin 12 Year Old from Diageo's 2003 Special Releases, which was their third year of Special Releases. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2003)

Caol Ila 35 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 58.1%
Caol Ila

This beauty from Caol Ila was the oldest single malt to be released from the 2018 edition of Diageo Special Releases. It was distilled at the much-loved Islay distillery in 1982 before it was…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 59.4%
Talisker

An 8-year-old bottling from Talisker really harks back to times gone by for the Isle of Skye distillery. That's probably why this edition is one of the most anticipated entries in this year's Diageo…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
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Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 61.5%
Caol Ila

Another year and another excellent unpeated Caol Ila for the Special Releases. This is the first of these unusual Islay malts to have been distilled this millennium, being filled into refill American…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)
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Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 11th Release (2011 Special Release)

70cl, 53.9%
Port Ellen

It's a limited release of 2,988 bottles, aged for 32 years in refill American oak casks, and guess what, it's the oldest ever official release of Port Ellen. "Whoosh" (the noise of it flying off the…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 11th Release (2011 Special Release)

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