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@casualtorture
casualtorture started a discussion

This may have been brought up already but any thoughts or plans to try any of these this year?

2017 Diageo Special Releases will include:

Blair Athol 23-year-old 58.4% abv Distilled 1993 Cask: Ex-bodega European oak butts Availability: 5,514 bottles

Brora 34-year-old 51.9% abv Distilled: 1982 Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads Availability: 3,000 bottles

Caol Ila 18-year-old 59.8% abv Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads Availability: Limited quantities worldwide

Convalmore 32-year-old Distilled: 1984 48.2% abv Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads Availability: 3,972 bottles

Glen Elgin 18-year-old Distilled: 1998 54.8% abv Cask: Ex-bodega European oak butts Availability: 5,352 bottles

Lagavulin 12-year-old 56.5% abv Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads Availability: Limited quantities worldwide

Port Dundas 52-year-old Distilled: 1964 44.6% abv Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads Availability: 752 bottles

Port Ellen 37-year-old Distilled: 1979 51% abv Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads & refill American oak butts Availability: 2,988 bottles

Teaninich 17-year-old Distilled: 1999 55.9% abv Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads & refill American oak barrels Availability: Limited quantities worldwide

6 years ago

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@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

OK, let's all buy our lottery tickets...

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@Nozinan, I'm in for tickets. Will you pick them up? Lottomax and 649? Let me know. I can pick them up.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

I was thinking of getting about a dozen bottles of the Port Dundas then climbing on my dragon and flying back to Westeros with Daenerys Targaryen....(I mean, if we're living in fantasy-land why not go all-out?)

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

If I win the lottery I will try to get a number of Broras, Port Ellens, Caol Ilas and Lagavulins.

One can dream....

6 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@Victor I disagree - three years ago I had already met you, @paddockjudge and @talexander, and @thecyclingyogi. When it comes to the Scotch selections I think I would have made the same or similar ones.

However, at this time 3 years ago just before SOT I had only tasted 2, maybe 3 bourbons and my Canadian repertoire was very minimal.

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

Definitely the Laga 12 - but one day I hope to spring for a Brora (my 1st!) and a Port Ellen (my 3rd!)

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt

I think I've said before that this lineup could just as easily be the random new IBs at a well-stocked liquor store. Nobody would care, and the prices would be 1/3.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander replied

@MadSingleMalt I don't think so - there are very few if any independent bottlings of Lagavulin, and many of these annual releases - especially the Port Ellens and Broras - and very highly regarded. Yes, they are ridiculously expensive, but I guess that's what the market will bear.

6 years ago 0

@MadSingleMalt

@Victor , well I suppose I would indeed care if my local shop started carrying some 12-year cask strength Lagavulin IBs for $40! Touché.

But a lot of this other stuff is the kind of whisky you'd see collecting dust on a specialist shop's top shelf, even if it was 1/3 of whatever crazy prices Diageo is going to slap on these things. A Blair Athol 23? A Teaninich 17? A Convalmore 32? Replace the OB label with (say) Signatory's scary font, and these sound exactly like those bottles I've been looking past at my local specialist retailer for years.

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

@MadSingleMalt Good point on those distilleries - yes, I totally see what you are saying. Who knows, maybe on the secondary market the prices will correct? Only time will tell.

6 years ago 0

@MadSingleMalt

My point is just that Diageo use this annual "big bundle of whatever" ruckus to trick us into paying attention to all this random overpriced crap just because it's released alongside the annual Lag 12 and their latest trickles of PE & Brora.

I could go into my local shop (Riley's) and make a list of ten whatevers gathering dust, and it'd be no less impressive that this Diageo stuff.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@talexander You think the prices might go DOWN on the secondary market? I would highly doubt it, unless there is a massive deflation of the bubble concurrently, in which case you might see people returning their bottles in order to buy them more cheaply online...

Wouldn't mind seeing CI CS and Lag 12 available for less...

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

@Nozinan For some of the lesser desired distilleries in Diageo's release? Yes, that's entirely possible.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@MadSingleMalt The only things gathering dust at my local LCBO (I live in a very small town) are a few bottles of Highland Park 12 and Glenfiddich 18. And the LCBO never does any kind of significant price reduction on anything worthwhile.

6 years ago 0

@casualtorture

We need a sarcasm competition.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@Nozinan As productive as trying to have an honest, bullshit-free conversation with DOCTOR Nick "Diageo" Morgan?

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@BlueNote He has a PhD in history. Now I respect historians. Heck, history was my major during my undergraduate studies. But NONE of my uni profs referred to themselves as DOCTOR. In fact, I had one prof say "I can't prescribe narcotics, so please don't call me doctor"

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt

His Ph.D. was on the history of numbers and how we've run out of them.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@MadSingleMalt Only he'll tell you that they've not run out of whisky stocks, that there's never been a shortage of aged whisky, there never will be a shortage of aged whisky and that Johnnie Walker's offerings are all fantastic....

6 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@OdysseusUnbound

We used to call our pros "professor", not Doctor.

Then I went to Medical school and when I finally made it back to high school I wanted to call all my teachers "Doctor"...

I can, but I won't be writing you any scripts, so don't call me doctor

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@Nozinan Not even a script for some Nandrolone Decanoate or some Sustenon 250? Come on, man !! I need some GAINZ !!

6 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@OdysseusUnbound No sustenon, but if your nephrologists recommends nandrolone, in the right context I would consider it...

6 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden replied

I guess it's a positive to be a historian to be able to come up with all the stories behind the NAS releases..

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