Diageo, has announced the launch of its latest annual collection of Special Releases, which this year are said to celebrate the journey of Scotch, countries and cultures around the world.
Selected by Master Blender Dr. Stuart Morrison, this year’s collection which has been dubbed ‘Spirited Xchange’ is comprised of eight rare and collectable single malt Scotch whiskies.
By fusing unique casks which showcase different crafts and finishes that honour local cultures, Dr. Stuart Morrison has created a collection of unexplored flavours, which come to life through intricate and alluring pack designs.
The packaging designs have been illustrated by eight artists across the globe - each one dedicated to the beloved distilleries and the spirits in the collection, creating a powerful storytelling moment.
The Diageo 2023 Special Releases Collection is comprised of:
Mortlach ‘The Katana’s Edge’ (58% ABV)
Finished in ex-Kanosuke Japanese whisky and ex-Pinot Noir casks
The Singleton 14 Year Old ‘The Silken Gown’ (55% ABV)
Finished in Chardonnay de Bourgogne French Oak casks
Talisker ‘The Wild Explorador’ (59.7% ABV)
Finished in a combination of White, Tawny and Ruby Port casks
Lagavulin 12 Year Old ‘The Ink of Legends’ (56.4% ABV)
Finished in Don Julio Añejo Tequila casks
Roseisle 12 Year Old ‘The Origami Kite’ (56.5% ABV)
Matured in first-fill Bourbon and refill casks
Glenkinchie 27 Year Old ‘The Floral Treasure’ (58.3% ABV)
Matured in refill American and European oak barrels and butts
Oban 11 Year Old ‘The Soul of Calypso’ (58% ABV)
Finished in Caribbean pot still Rum casks
Clynelish 10 Year Old ‘The Jazz Crescendo’ (57.5% ABV)
Matured exclusively in ex-bourbon American Oak casks
Commenting on the launch, Dr. Stuart Morrison, said: "This year, we’re proudly revealing our new series of distillery-first expressions: Spirited Xchange Special Releases 2023. For me, Spirited Xchange is about identifying and celebrating the ideas, flavours, and tastes that surround us each day and inspire our curiosity to create. This collection has given us the opportunity to roam freely through our vast portfolio and experiment with old and new cask types, including various wine and local spirits casks to create eight one-of-a-kind expressions that we've never imagined before."
The 2023 Diageo Special Releases, are now available in limited quantities from malts.com