Diageo's 2020 Rare by Nature Special Releases Diageo Unveil 2020 'Rare by Nature' Special Releases

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In September 2020, Diageo unveiled details of their 2020 Special Releases collection, which features eight cask strength single malt whiskies offering a discovery through distinctive maturations, rare finishes and unexpected taste profiles. Following the similar "Rare by Nature" theme as 2019, each vibrant whisky highlights the extraordinary nature that surrounds the individual distilleries, with each whisky visually brought to life through intricate illustrations that decorate the bottles.

“I’ve created this year’s Special Releases Collection, from some of my favorite distilleries across Scotland, with whisky enthusiasts in mind. For those who enjoy spicy flavours, my recommendation would be to try our Cardhu, and for those who favour rich, intense and smooth flavours my choice would be Mortlach 21 year old. If you are curious about discovering something very rare, the Pittyvaich - the single ghost distillery in our Special Releases Collection this year is an unforgettable dram.”

Dr. Craig Wilson, Master Blender at Diageo and Curator of the Special Releases




Cardhu 11-Year-Old

ABV: 56.0%

Region: Speyside
Cask: From refill, new, and ex-bourbon American oak


Cragganmore 20-Year-Old

ABV: 55.8%

Region: Speyside

Cask: From refill casks and new fresh-charred casks.


Dalwhinnie 30-Year-Old

ABV: 51.9%

Region: Highland
Cask: From refill hogsheads
No. bottles available: 6,978


Lagavulin 12-Year-Old

ABV: 56.4%

Region: Islay

Cask: From refill American oak casks


Mortlach 21-Year-Old

ABV: 56.9%

Region: Speyside

Cask: From Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso Sherry seasoned casks

No. of bottles available: 7,692


Pittyvaich 30-Year-Old

ABV: 50.8%

Region: Speyside

Cask: From first fill ex-bourbon casks.

No. of bottles available: 7,056


Talisker 8 Year-Old

ABV: 57.9%

Region: Isle of Skye

Cask: From pot-still Caribbean rum casks


The Singleton of Dufftown 17-Year-Old

ABV: 55.1%

Region: Highland

Cask: From refill American oak casks