Diageo Introduces the Impeccably Crafted 2018 Special Releases Collection

Ten remarkable Scotch Whiskies will be released in limited quantities this autumn, as part of Diageo’s annual Special Releases collection. Eagerly anticipated worldwide by whisky enthusiasts, the limited edition natural cask strength bottlings are meticulously selected each year by the masterful blending team, to form a rare and sought after collection.


Attentively crafted and beautifully packaged, the collection encompasses some of the rarest and oldest whiskies from classic, lesser known and often closed distilleries. Each whisky within the range offers complex flavours of the highest quality, representing a fragment of Scotch Whisky history.

We can now confirm the following bottlings in the outstanding line-up of this year’s collection below, all selected by the skillful Diageo master blending team, for their flavour and historical intrigue:

CARSEBRIDGE 48 year old

  • ABV 43.2%
  • Region: Lowlands
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
  • No. of bottles: 1,000


  • 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


  • 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

Donald Colville, Diageo’s Global Malts Ambassador, said: “The Special Releases launch is a highlight in our whisky calendar year. 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.”

The final tenth bottling will be revealed later on in the year, kept as a surprise for the fans and enthusiasts of the collection. Each whisky in the 2018 Special Releases range is a limited edition, rare bottling. These whiskies have been crafted to be cherished and enjoyed responsibly.


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