Friday, August 28, 2020


Diageo, has today announced the launch of its 2020 Special Releases Collection.

This year’s collection, which is inspired by the globally celebrated theme, ‘Rare by Nature’, is made up of eight cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies.

The 2020 Diageo Special Releases Collection

The 2020 Diageo Special Releases Collection, is said to explore unusual age points, experimental maturation techniques and includes their first-ever release finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks. 

The full line up of this year’s Special Releases, which were selected by master blender Dr Craig Wilson, is comprised of: 

Cardhu 11 Year Old (56% ABV) 
Cask: From refill, new, and ex-bourbon American oak
Limited quantities worldwide 
RRP: £85.00

Cragganmore 20 Year Old (55.8% ABV)
Cask: From refill casks and new fresh-charred casks.
Limited quantities worldwide - RRP: £130.00

Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old (51.9% ABV)
Cask: From refill hogsheads 
Bottles: 6,978 - RRP: £550.00

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (56.4% ABV)
Cask: From refill American oak casks
Limited quantities worldwide - RRP: £125.00

Mortlach 21 Year Old (56.9% ABV)
Cask: From Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso Sherry seasoned casks
Bottles: 7,692 - RRP: £575.00

Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (50.8% ABV)
Cask: From first fill ex-bourbon casks
Bottles: 7,056 - RRP: £400

Talisker 8 Year Old (57.9% ABV)
Cask: From pot-still Caribbean rum casks. 
Limited quantities worldwide - RRP: £90.00

The Singleton of Dufftown 17 Year Old (55.1% ABV)
Cask: Matured only in refill American oak hogsheads.
Limited quantities worldwide - RRP: £110.00

Commenting on the news, Dr. Craig Wilson, Diageo Master Blender, said: “I’ve created this year’s Special Releases Collection, from some of my favorite distilleries across Scotland, with whisky enthusiasts in mind.  For those who enjoy spicy flavours, my recommendation would be to try our Cardhu, and for those who favour rich, intense and smooth flavours my choice would be Mortlach 21 year old.  If you are curious about discovering something very rare, the Pittyvaich - the single ghost distillery in our Special Releases Collection this year is an unforgettable dram.”

The 2020 Diageo Special Releases Collection, will be available from specialist retailers and in the Autumn.

Posted by Steve Rush