Diageo Collectivum XXVIII Whisky Crafted From Whiskies Of 28 Distilleries - The Whiskey Wash

Diageo Collectivum XXVIII Whisky Crafted From Whiskies Of 28 Distilleries

By Nino Marchetti / August 17, 2017

The upcoming 2017 run of Diageo’s annual Special Releases collection was first unveiled earlier this year. At the time the list, which we’ve put below again for your consideration, had only 9 of 10 bottlings. The one missing was teased as a surprise and now word has hit that it is one whopper of a blended whisky given the number of products in its mix.

The new Diageo Collectivum XXVIII, according to those behind it, is a blended, 57.3% ABV expression which contains whiskies from all 28 active Diageo Scotch whisky distilleries. It is non-age statement in nature, clear amber in appearance and official, limited tasting notes describe it as “enjoying real depth with a palate all the way from dry and nutty to rich and chocolatey, with zestiness and sweetness.”

“The Special Releases range is always a highlight in our calendar year,” said Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach, in a prepared statement. “It reflects the truly extraordinary range of stocks our blenders have available to them. The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply impeccable. We’re looking forward to sharing this year’s collection with the world and in particular keen to see the response to the new Collectivum XXVIII.”

All the whiskies listed below will be available starting this fall from specialist retailers in Northern Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and selected Asian markets.

Blair Athol 23 year old
Distilled 1993 ABV 58.4%
Region: Highlands
Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 5,514

Brora 34 year old
Distilled: 1982 ABV 51.9%
Region: Coastal Highlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 3,000

Caol Ila 18 year old
ABV 59.8%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide

Collectivum XXVIII
ABV 57.3%
Region: Speyside, Islay, Island, Lowland, Highland
Cask: Blend of Refill American Oak Hogsheads, Refill European Oak Butts, Ex-Bodega European Oak and First Fill Bourbon Casks
Limited quantities available worldwide

Convalmore 32 year old
Distilled: 1984 ABV 48.2%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 3,972

Glen Elgin 18 year old
Distilled: 1998 ABV 54.8%
Region: Speyside
Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
No of bottles: 5,352

Lagavulin 12 year old
ABV 56.5%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Limited quantities available worldwide

Port Dundas 52 year old
Distilled: 1964 ABV 44.6%
Region: Lowlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
No of bottles: 752

Port Ellen 37 year old
Distilled: 1979 ABV 51%
Region: Islay
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill American Oak Butts
No of bottles: 2,988

Teaninich 17 year old
Distilled: 1999 ABV: 55.9%
Region: Coastal Highlands
Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill American Oak Barrels
Limited quantities available worldwide