Diageo’s 2020 Distillers Edition Collection Of Scotch Whiskies Debuts

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / November 26, 2020

The annual Distiller’s Collection that comes forth from different Scotch single malt whisky distilleries owned by spirits giant Diageo is a rather interesting offering. At its core it is the taking of mature whiskies and finishing them in special secondary casks to draw forth “dynamic flavor possibilities.” The 2020 grouping has now been unveiled.

The Diageo 2020 Distillers Edition collection, according to those behind it, consists of a limited edition line up of whiskies from six distilleries. These include Lagavulin, Oban, Talisker, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie and Glenkinchie. For each of these, the process in creating these special whiskies follows a two step maturation process.

As indicated by Diageo regarding this, “first each distiller and their team assemble bespoke casks from re-charred American Oak casks and the special, charred cask- ends of brand new American Oak. These unique casks are intentionally created for each distillery’s mature core whisky offering and no other. The casks are then filled with hand-selected fortified wine from Spain or Portugal and aged for one month to develop its exceptionally rare flavor.

Diageo 2020 Distillers Edition collection

Diageo 2020 Distillers Edition collection (image via Diageo)

“Then, the wine is disgorged, and the casks are refilled with mature Single Malt Scotch Whisky originating from a single year to maintain the utmost consistency. Tended to by each dedicated distillery team, the casks are then rested for up to six months all while being diligently assessed until the desired flavor profile is attained.”

Each one of these whiskies is bottled a a single batch, marked with the date of distillation, bottling and batch number.

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“The annual Distillers Edition whiskies are incredibly rare and special due to the finishing process the whisky undertakes and the superior craftsmanship of our distillery teams,” said US Director of Single Malts Jamie Young, in a prepared statement. “The team understands the intricacies of coopering and how exploring different casks add to the dynamic world of flavors, resulting in extremely rounded limited-edition expressions unlike anything else you’ll find on the shelf of your liquor store or spirits shop.”

“If you’re looking to buy a special holiday gift that offers unexpected yet deep, rare and rich flavors from one of the many renowned Diageo Single Malt distilleries, the Distillers Edition whiskies are a superior option that keep giving with every dram.”

All six of the 2020 Distillers Edition bottles are now available in the U.S. You’ll find more specific information on each below, based on material from Diageo.

2020 Oban Distillers Edition

2006 Oban double-matured in ex-bodega Montilla Fino cask wood for a rich fruitiness and maritime flavors that bond with the fresh, sweet aromas and tastes of the adored Oban 14 Year Old in an explosive, rich and deep expression of Oban

  • Core Offering: Oban 14 Year Old
  • ABV: 43%
  • around $95

2020 Talisker Distillers Edition

2010 Talisker double-matured in ex-bodega Amoroso cask wood for rich and fruity sweetness that rounds out the peaty, peppery punch of the popular, malty Talisker 10 Year Old, to create a richly rewarding and deeper style of malt

  • Core Offering: Talisker 10 Year Old
  • ABV: 45.8%
  • around $85

2020 Lagavulin Distillers Edition

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2005 Lagavulin double-matured in ex-bodega Pedro Ximenez cask wood for an intense, raisiny sweetness that marries beautifully with the smoky power of the renowned Lagavulin 16 Year Old to create a massive, rich tasting power-house of a malt

  • Core Offering: Lagavulin 16 Year Old
  • ABV: 43%
  • around $110

2020 Cragganmore Distillers Edition

2008 Cragganmore double-matured in ex-bodega Port cask wood for succulence and rounded depth of flavour to enhance the complex smoky aromas and tastes of the beloved Cragganmore 12 Year Old

  • Core Offering: Cragganmore 12 Year Old
  • ABV: 40%
  • around $85

2020 Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition

2005 Dalwhinnie double-matured in ex-bodega Oloroso cask wood for a rich sweetness and spicy complexity to enhance the heathery, honeyed aromas and tastes of the fan favorite Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

  • Core Offering: Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
  • ABV: 43%
  • around $90

2020 Glenkinchie Distillers Edition

2008 Glenkinchie double-matured in ex-bodega Amontillado cask wood for a nuttiness that rounds and deepens the sweet, grassy and dry aromas and tastes of the iconic Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

  • Core Offering: Glenkinchie 12 Year Old
  • ABV: 43%;
  • around $85

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