DIAGEO’s 2011 Special Release Whiskies

on Sep 12 in Blended whisky, Editorial, Single Malt Whisky, whisky Industry news by dan

Diageo's special release whiskies 2011

Today we are happy to bring you some news from the World of Diageo (a company whiskytimes is just getting to know).

This month they are releaseing their yearly Special Release Whiskies which made up from a range of single malt bottlings. Sometimes these things can be a publicity stunt, but also it’s a chance for distilleries to release something a bit special. There are eight special releases this year; five are from closed distilleries; and the whole production is less than 60,000 bottles. Here is what Diageo have to say on the topic:

Diageo’s prolific collection of single malt Scotch whiskies, the Classic Malts Selection™, is augmented every year by the issue of a small portfolio of limited edition single malts, under the heading of Special Releases.

We set out to include one or two really unexpected bottlings in the 2011 Special Releases collection. Very few whisky connoisseurs – possible none at all – will ever have encountered anything like the 20 year old glorious Port Dundas™ single grain whisky that we are offering this year, and since the distillery closed two years ago, it’ll be a rare experience for those who who get to try it now.

By contrast, the 25 year old Knockando™ from first-fill ex-sherry casks might astonish those who thought they know this malt: this bottling is rich, deep-flavoured and very complex. The Glenury Royal™ at 40 years old is a very venerable (and inevitably expensive) bottling, an old-style after-dinner experience; but it shows no fatigue and is packed with flavour. Lovers of the Lowland style will be charmed by the Rosebank™ 21 year old.


The new special release whiskies for 2011 are as follows:

  • Brora 32 Year Old
  • Caol Ila Unpeated 12 Year Old 1999
  • Glenury Royal 40 Year Old 1970
  • Knockando 25 Year Old 1985
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old
  • Port Dundas 20 year old 1990
  • Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1978
  • Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990

I think you will find there are some very interesting whiskies included this year, and some surprising ones too. The Caol Ila unpeated is one that instantly caught my eye.

More information and tasting notes are available here.

Comments? Whats your take on the Special releases? are you a cynic or are you just teary eyed with joy at these new whiskies to buy and enjoy?


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