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Diageo lifts lid on 2019 Special Releases

Diageo has announced the release of its 2019 'Rare by Nature' Special Releases collection. Comprising eight cask strength single malts from a number of renowned distilleries, the range has been curated by master blender Dr. Craig Wilson.

Released annually, this line-up features discoveries from Diageo’s stocks maturing in Scotland. Each release in the collection celebrates distinctive maturation techniques and rare finishes, with this year’s cask strength bottlings said to bring 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.

Ewan Gunn, Diageo global whisky master, comments: "Discerning drinkers around the world will delight in this new collection. From the hand selected single malt Scotch to the visually arresting bottles, they each tell a strong story of the extraordinary place and the people who have shaped each dram. These prestigious and limited-edition bottlings offer fans an opportunity to collect and explore some of our rarest stocks."

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.

Full collection details:

CRAGGANMORE 12 YEARS OLDA smoky expression of a Speyside classic, never released before, matured in refill American oak casks.

ABV: 58.4%
RRP £85

DALWHINNIE 30 YEARS OLD
Thirty years of maturation in refill hogsheads and butts.

ABV: 54.7%
RRP £500


TALISKER 15 YEARS OLD
The first ever release of Talisker as a 15-years-old, matured only in freshly charred American oak hogshead.

ABV: 57.3%
RRP £110

SINGLETON 18 YEARS OLD
A previously unreleased expression matured in freshly charred American oak hogshead.

ABV: 55.0%
RRP £130

PITTYVAICH 19 YEARS OLD
Double matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry seasoned casks.

ABV: 51.4%
RRP £330

MORTLACH 26 YEARS OLD
Matured in first-fill Pedro Ximénez/Oloroso-seasoned casks.

ABV: 53.3%
RRP £1,500

LAGAVULIN 12 YEARS OLD
A small batch of Lagavulin matured in refill American oak casks.

ABV: 56.5%
RRP £110

CARDHU 14 YEARS OLD
Small batch, double matured for two years in Amontillado sherry-seasoned hogsheads.

ABV: 55.0%
RRP £120

15 October 2019 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editor