Diageo announces the highly anticipated launch of the 2019 ‘Rare by Nature’ inspired Special Releases collection. Comprised of eight cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies from some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, this year’s line-up has been hand selected by Master Blender, Dr Craig Wilson.
Released annually, this carefully selected line-up features discoveries from Diageo’s most precious stocks maturing in Scotland. Each special in its own way, the collection celebrates distinctive maturation techniques, rare finishes and unexpected taste profiles, with this year’s cask strength bottlings bringing to life each distillery’s unique character. The collection launches with a visually impactful and unified theme, evoking the distinctive nature and characteristics of each distillery. The visually striking packaging celebrates the special and varied surroundings of each distillery on the bottle and allows whisky enthusiasts to uncover each distillery’s story one by one. Featuring expressions from famous, to supreme examples of the less well known and even closed distilleries, the bottlings are all extremely rare and sought-after whiskies.
The ‘Rare by Nature’ Special Releases collection will be available from specialist retailers in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and selected markets across Asia.
CRAGGANMORE 12 YEAR OLD
An unusual smoky expression of a Speyside classic, never released before, matured in refill American oak casks.
DALWHINNIE 30 YEAR OLD
Extra-mature & gentle highland malt with rich flavours from over thirty years of maturation in refill hogsheads and butts.
TALISKER 15 YEAR OLD
Rugged & smoky, made by the sea, the first ever release of Talisker as a 15 year old, matured only in freshly charred American oak hogshead.
SINGLETON 18 YEAR OLD
A previously unreleased expression of lively rich fruit & spiced oak matured in freshly charred American oak hogshead.
PITTYVAICH 19 YEAR OLD
A 1989 ghost, double matured in Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso sherry seasoned casks.
MORTLACH 26 YEAR OLD
Rich & bold, a small batch of ‘ The Beast of Dufftown’ matured in first-fill Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso-seasoned casks.
LAGAVULIN 12 YEAR OLD
Powerful & peaty, the king of Islay, a small batch of Lagavulin matured in refill American oak casks.
CARDHU 14 YEAR OLD
Smooth and generous, a small batch double matured for two years in Amontillado sherry-seasoned hogsheads