Diageo unveils rare Scotch whisky collection

15th September, 2014 by Becky Paskin

Diageo has revealed details about its 2014 Special Releases range of rare single malt Scotch whiskies, which include a 35-year-old Port Ellen and NAS Clynelish


Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases of Scotch single malt whisky contains some extremely rare liquid

This year’s collection features 11 single malt whiskies sourced from Diageo’s distilleries across Scotland, both operating and mothballed.

Among the range is Port Ellen 35 Year Old, a whisky distilled in 1978 and matured in refill American and European oak barrels.

As Port Ellen closed in 1983, its liquid has become among the rarest Scotch whiskies in the world, although this year’s release marks the distillery’s 14th appearance in Diageo’s Special Releases.

Dr Nick Morgan, head of whisky outreach at Diageo, said: “I’m astonished that each year we manage to find such a remarkable and varied range of single malt Scotch whiskies for our Special Releases.

“Tasting this year’s I was struck by the outstanding range of tastes and textures they deliver, from the characteristically waxy Clynelish to complex Cragganmore, the surprisingly robust Benrinnes, and the relaxed smokiness of Caol Ila. And I know experts and enthusiasts alike will be equally delighted.”

The 2014 Special Releases will be rolled out to specialist retailers in Northern Europe, US and select Asian markets in late October.

Flick through the following pages to uncover the expressions in this year’s series.

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