Eight cask-strength single malt Scotch whiskies launch as part of the Diageo's highly-anticipated 2019 Special Releases. Diageo Announce "Rare by Nature" 2019 Special Releases

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After teasing us all back in July with tidbits on their soon-to-be released whiskies, Diageo have now launched the full details of their shiny new 2019 Special Releases following an exclusive event at Somerset House in Central London. The 2019 line-up features eight "one-of-a-kind" whiskies, compared to their usual ten. The 2019 collection, selected by master blender Dr Craig Wilson, honours a "Rare by Nature" theme which celebrates the special and varied surroundings of each distillery in the range. According to Diageo, the collection is a selection of whiskies "with distinctive maturation techniques, rare finishes and unexpected taste profiles".

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.”




Cardhu 14-Year-Old

Distilled: 2004
ABV: 55%
Cask: Double matured in ex-Amontillado sherry seasoned hogshead
Region: Speyside
A deliciously unusual expression, this Cardhu comes from a trial batch double matured for much longer than is the norm in ex-Amontillado sherry-seasoned hogsheads; this wraps the expected Cardhu gentleness in a fine cloak of richer cloth.

Cragganmore 12-Year-Old

Distilled: 2006
ABV: 58.4%
Cask: Medium peated, refill American oak casks
Region: Speyside

If you think you know Cragganmore, try this deliciously unusual expression; building on its smooth Speyside character, this is a medium-peated, lightly smoky cask-strength expression made as a trial in 2006 and matured in refill casks, which is only now ready to release as a 12YO.


Dalwhinnie 30-Year-Old

ABV: 54.7%
Cask: Refill hogsheads and butts
Region: Highland

A delicious, finely balanced and supple old Dalwhinnie with a depth of flavour that repays thoughtful appreciation, this expression is both more rounded than younger siblings and takes a spicier view of life, too.


Lagavulin 12-Year-Old

Distilled: 1992

ABV: 56.5%
Cask: Refill American oak casks
Region: Islay

A powerful example of Lagavulin, pure in style and from spirit specially selected for its high peating levels. This is a youthful and vigorous Lagavulin, with bags of distillery character.


Mortlach 26-Year-Old

Distilled: 1992
ABV: 53.3%
Cask: Fresh-toasted first-fill Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso Sherry seasoned casks
Region: Speyside

Magnificent in every way, this is an epic, perfectly matured Mortlach of exceptional quality from first-fill ex-sherry butts that is very fine at natural strength and can also be enjoyed with a small dash of water, which softens the tannins.


Pittyvaich 29-Year-Old

ABV: 51.4%
Cask: Double matured in Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso sherry seasoned bodega casks
Region: Speyside

A unique expression with real depth of flavour and character of a ‘ghost’ malt from a closed distillery, this is the only double-matured Pittyvaich ever released.


Talisker 15-Year-Old

Distilled: 2002
ABV: 57.3%
Cask: Freshly charred American oak hogsheads
Region: Isle of Skye

This is a spicy, deep, sea monster from unusual casks, that holds nothing back as it brings a new depth, spiciness and complexity to long-matured, sweet and rounded Talisker base notes.


The Singleton of Glen Ord 18-Year-Old

Distilled: 2000
ABV: 55%
Cask: Freshly charred American oak hogsheads
Region: Highland

Unusually from freshly charred American oak hogsheads, this fine cask-strength expression is much spicier than is usual for The Singleton Glen Ord, while retaining its signature smoothness and appealing richness.


The 2019 Special Releases will be available from specialist retailers in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and selected markets across Asia this Autumn.



First launched in 2001 with a release of only two bottles (the first Talisker 25 Year Old and the immortal Port Ellen First Release), Diageo have continued to release a new Special Releases Collection each October. The releases are always eagerly anticipated worldwide by whisky enthusiasts and collectors, as it is the perfect opportunity for whisky buffs and novices alike to ferret out truly unique limited editions that are a little out of the ordinary. The Special Releases collection showcase limited (and usually cask-strength) bottlings of iconic classic malts from Diageo's operational distilleries alongside some rare and sought-after stocks from beloved ghost distilleries. The collection is hand-selected each year by their master blending team and said to "represent a fragment of Scotch whisky history".