Wednesday, June 08, 2022


Diageo, has announced the launch of its third limited-edition Prima and Ultima Collection, which features bottlings from Brora and Port Ellen.

The 2022 Prima and Ultima Collection, is comprised of 8 rare single malt Scotch whiskies, which this year were selected by Dr Craig Watson, one of Diageo’s Master Blenders.

Diageo launches its 2022 Prima and Ultima Collection

Dr Craig’s experience spans more than 13 years, but more recently he has played a fundamental role in the restoration of the Brora spirit and overseeing new releases from Port Ellen. His expertise in nurturing and restoring the rare spirits from two of Diageo’s most magnificent whiskies has led him to develop an unparalleled knowledge of the distilleries and their casks.

This 2022 Prima & Ultima series bottlings, which are drawn from the first or last of their kind casks, are comprised of:

Royal Lochnagar 1981 – 40 Year-Old (52.5% ABV)
Cragganmore 1973 – 48 Year Old (44.8% ABV)
Mannochmore 1990 – 31 Year Old (45.1% ABV)
Brora 1981 – 40 Year Old (44.1% ABV)
The Singleton of Glen Ord 1987 - 34 Year Old (49.4% ABV)
Lagavulin 1993 – 28 Year Old (50.1% ABV)
Talisker 1984 – 37 Year Old (51.9% ABV)
Port Ellen 1980 – 41 Year Old (59.6% ABV)
Commenting on the launch, Dr Craig Watson, said: “It is my honour to present the third release of Prima & Ultima, a collection of our rarest, most precious Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. I have personally selected each whisky with great care, each an exceptional spirit marking a special time in the distilleries’ history and whiskies that I’ve had the privilege to watch mature. I have also selected whiskies from Brora and Port Ellen. In the year we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum jubilee, I have selected the last ever Port Ellen 1980 cask, filled in the year Her Majesty visited the distillery’s maltings. The Brora bottling is equally as precious, taken from our last ever 1981 cask, making it one of our rarest Brora whiskies of all time.”
Limited to 317 sets, the 2022 Prima & Ultima Collection, is now available through an online registration via: RRP £36.500.00.

Posted by Steve Rush