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Diageo Special Releases 2017 revealed ahead of schedule

@Pierre
By @Pierre25th Apr 2017
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In response to speculation about this year's offerings, Diageo have revealed details for nine of the 2017 Special Releases collection.

Diageo Special Releases 2017 revealed ahead of schedule

Diageo have revealed the line up for this year’s Special Releases well ahead of the expected announcement date. They say this is to counter speculation on the internet about "the worst kept secret in whisky". If you’re a cynic you might think it's a good way to get some early press... and it’s working!

They’ve only told us about nine out of the 10 bottles, so we can spend the rest of the year puzzling over what number 10 might be. How exciting!

Anyhow, it beats worrying about Brexit, war on the Korean Peninsula or the French presidential elections.

Here are details of the nine bottlings we know about:

Blair Athol 23 Year Old 1993

  • ABV 58.4%
  • Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
  • Bottles: 5,514

Brora 34 Year Old 1982

  • ABV: 51.9%
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
  • Bottles: 3,000

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

  • ABV: 59.8%
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
  • Limited quantities available worldwide

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1984

  • ABV: 48.2%
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
  • Bottles: 3,972

Glen Elgin 18 Year Old 1998

  • ABV: 54.8%
  • Cask: Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
  • Bottles: 5,352

Lagavulin 12 Year Old

  • ABV: 56.5%
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
  • Limited quantities available worldwide

Port Dundas 52 Year Old 1964

  • ABV: 44.6%
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads
  • Bottles: 752

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979

  • ABV: 51%
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill American Oak Butts
  • Bottles: 2,988

Teaninich 17 Year Old 1999

  • ABV: 55.9%
  • Cask: Refill American Oak Hogsheads & Refill American Oak Barrels
  • Limited quantities available worldwide

3 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I know how many I'm likely to get my hands on...

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

This mix of whiskies could just as easily be the random new set of IBs at any well-stocked retailer, and it would be just as tasty at (probably) 1/3 the price.

I guess the only exception is the Lagavulin. Whoever at Diageo said "let's not let indies bottle Lagavulin by name so we can maintain monopoly power over it" probably deserves a huge raise. In their eyes.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Give us the Lagavulin, my precious, my love. It's ours, and we wants it.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

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