Monday, September 15, 2014


Eleven outstanding and exceptionally rare single malts Scotch whiskies will be released in strictly limited quantities this autumn as part of the 2014 Diageo Special Releases series, including Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old, Caol Ila 30 Year Old, Clynelish Select Reserve and Cragganmore 25 Year Old.

Each whisky in the series represents the unique flavours of the place from which it was crafted.  Highly anticipated around the world by enthusiasts and collectors, the releases have been rigorously selected from rare, precious stocks by a team of experts to ensure they will deliver a unique and memorable experience to those lucky enough to drink them.

This year's Special Releases includes a 38 Year Old Singleton of Glendullan

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said: “I’m astonished that each year we manage to find such a remarkable and varied range of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies for our Special Releases. Tasting this year’s I was struck by the outstanding range of tastes and textures they deliver from the characteristically waxy Clynelish to complex Cragganmore, the surprisingly robust Benrinnes, and the relaxed smokiness of Caol Ila. And I know experts and enthusiasts alike will be equally delighted.”

The 2014 selection includes the 14th appearance of Port Ellen in this range - one of the most sought after Single Malts in the world - from the revered, closed distillery.  Another that is sure to capture the attention of whisky connoisseurs globally is the Clynelish Select Reserve. Johnnie Walker’s Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge, crafted this richly mature and complex Clynelish using individually selected casks from some of the distillery’s oldest reserves, all aged for at least fifteen years.

Caol Ila 30 Year Old from Islay is rich with mature peat smoke, displaying great character and surprising energy for a malt of its age; its younger sibling, Caol Ila 15 Year Old, is unpeated and has a fresh maritime character. 

From Speyside, a mellow 38 Year Old from the Singleton of Glendullan is the second expression in the series from the Singleton, which this year is only releasing 2800 bottles.

Commenting on the Glendullan, Maureen Robinson, Diageo Master Blender said: “We are delighted with the Singleton of Glendullan 38 year old, which bursts with the vibrant, fruity flavours that the distillery is famed for. We hope that it will be enjoyed by the lucky few who get their hands on a bottle.”

Old-fashioned whisky-making shines through in a number of the releases.  The elegant 21 Year Old Rosebank and robust Benrinnes both offer different takes on the pronounced impact of traditional worm-tub condensation, as does the deeply complex 25 Year Old release from Cragganmore with an aroma rich in deep fruit and sandalwood scents, and the savoury and sweetly smoky Brora 35 Year Old.

A rare bottling of Strathmill displays more expected Speyside characteristics is lively with floral and light fruit notes, while the whisky experts favourite, Lagavulin 12 Year Old, has a lighter spring to its step than other members of the Lagavulin family, without losing its famed herbaceous and peat smoked flavour. 

The Diageo Special Releases 2014 will be available this autumn from specialist retailers in Northern Europe, selected Asian markets and in the USA.

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