Diageo Brings Forth Its 2018 Scotch Whisky Special Releases - The Whiskey Wash

Diageo Brings Forth Its 2018 Scotch Whisky Special Releases

By Nino Marchetti / May 4, 2018

Diageo is a giant in the world of Scotch whisky. Each year, the Scotch leader does a sort of “best picks” series from its various stocks with the Special Releases collection. The 2018 version of this crop has now been announced.

The Diageo 2018 Special Releases Collection, according to those behind it, are limited edition, natural cask strength bottlings drawn from classic, lesser known and often closed distilleries that are part of its stable of whisky making properties. You’ll find details on nine of the ten releases below – information on the last will be revealed later on in the year.

“The Special Releases launch is a highlight in our whisky calendar year,” said Donald Colville, Diageo’s Global Malts Ambassador, in a prepared statement. “It’s a collection that allows both knowledgeable whisky fans and those new to Scotch to hunt out truly unique limited editions. The range delivers memorable taste experiences unlike any other and the exceptional variety and quality of whiskies in this year’s collection will not disappoint.”

CARSEBRIDGE 48 year old
ABV 43.2%
Region: Lowlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No. of bottles: 1,000

CAOL ILA UNPEATED 15 year old
ABV 59.1%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill & Rejuvenated American Oak Hogsheads and Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
Limited quantities worldwide

CAOL ILA 35 year old
ABV 58.1%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 3,276

INCHGOWER 27 year old
ABV 55.3%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 8,544

LAGAVULIN 12 year old
ABV 57.8%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide

OBAN 21 year old
ABV 57.9%
Region: Highlands
Cask: Refill European Oak Butts
Limited availability worldwide

PITTYVAICH 28 year old
ABV 52.1%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 4,680

THE SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD 14 year old
ABV 57.6%
Region: Highlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads and Ex-Bodega European Oak butts followed by a unique maturation and marrying process
Limited quantities available worldwide

TALISKER 8 year old
ABV 59.4%
Region: Island
Cask: First fill Ex-Bourbon American Oak Hogsheads
Limited availability worldwide