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22 Sep 16

Impeccably crafted flavours of Scotland: Diageo introduces the
2016 Special Releases Collection
Ten sublime Scotch Whiskies will be released this autumn, in strictly limited quantities, as part of Diageo’s ongoing Special Releases programme. The limited edition, natural cask strength series is highly anticipated around the world by enthusiasts and collectors alike. All of the bottlings have been meticulously considered and selected from rare stock to curate this unique selection.
Delivering memorable taste experiences and exquisitely packaged, the Special Releases are a truly impeccable line-up of Malts and each and every whisky in the range demonstrates complex flavours of the highest quality.

The Special Releases offer an exceptionally generous and rare gift option this Christmas. The whiskies in the range retail from £80 for the LAGAVULIN™ 12 year old, to £2,500 for the PORT ELLEN™ 37 year old.  
Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said: “The unveiling of the Special Releases range is a moment I look forward to year after year. The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply fantastic, and once again we’re confident enthusiasts will discover new favourites in unusual and rare releases such as the MANNOCHMORE™ 25 year old, aged in rejuvenated casks and a smooth textured, complex whisky.”
The CAMBUS™ 40 year old is the oldest release in the 2016 range and only the third ever single grain release from the series. Vanishingly rare as a single grain, the liquid is described as ‘deceptively complex and fresh for its age’. The Cambus Distillery closed in 1993. The CRAGGANMORE™ is a special vatting, crafted from three cask types chosen for flavour alone and detailed as ‘beautifully structured and contemplative.’
The 2016 Special Releases collection includes the 16th appearance of Port Ellen in the series, and will be the oldest Port Ellen ever released, with just under 3,000 bottles available worldwide. Two other releases this year, the BRORA™ 38 year old and GLENKINCHIE™ 24 year old are also the oldest bottles ever released in Special Releases from these distilleries.
The annual Lagavulin 12 year old, this year, is as a commemorative edition for the 200th Anniversary of the distillery in 2016. Three of the whiskies in the range are from closed distilleries and all are limited edition, rare bottlings, with distinctive stories to tell. These whiskies have been crafted to deliver memorable taste experiences unlike any other, to be savoured and enjoyed responsibly.

Distribution/Availability
Autumn 2016, from specialist retailers in Northern Europe, in selected Asian markets and in the USA.

List of 2016 Special Releases
AUCHROISK™ 25 year old
Distilled 1990 ABV 51.2%
Region: Speyside
Max. 3,954 bottles available worldwide

BRORA™ 38 year old
Distilled 1977 ABV 48.6%
Region: Coastal Highland
Max. 2,984 bottles available worldwide

CAMBUS™ 40 year old
Distilled 1975 ABV 52.7%
Region: Central Lowland
Max. 1,812 bottles available worldwide

CAOL ILA™ 15 year old
Distilled 2000 ABV 61.5%
Region: Islay
Limited quantities available worldwide

CRAGGANMORE™
ABV 55.7%
Region: Speyside
Max. 4,932 bottles available worldwide

 

GLENKINCHIE™ 24 year old
Distilled 1991 ABV 57.2%
Region: Lowland
Max. 5,928 bottles available worldwide

LAGAVULIN™ 12 year old
ABV 57.7%
Region: Islay
Limited quantities available worldwide

LINKWOOD™ 37 year old
Distilled 1978 ABV 50.3%
Region: Speyside
Max. 6,114 bottles available worldwide

MANNOCHMORE™ 25 year old
Distilled 1990 ABV 53.4%
Region: Speyside
Max. 3,954 bottles available worldwide

PORT ELLEN™ 37 year old
Distilled 1978 ABV 55.2%
Region: Islay
Max. 2,940 bottles available worldwide