September 2 2020  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Diageo announces its 2020 Special Releases Whisky Collection

By Laura Shirk

Featuring eight vibrant expressions carefully selected to bring a taste of Scotland to every enthusiast’s home, the new collection is inspired by the global theme: Rare by Nature

Diageo is delighted to unveil its 2020 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection, inspired by the globally celebrated theme, Rare by Nature. Curated by Master Blender, Dr. Craig Wilson this exclusive selection is comprised of eight cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies, drawn from some of Scotland’s most interesting distilleries.

The highly anticipated annual collection once again explores unusual age points, experimental maturation techniques and welcomes our first-ever release finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks. The encore theme shows the extraordinary nature that surrounds each distillery, 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 flavors, my recommendation would be to try our Cardhu, and for those who favor rich, intense and smooth flavors, my choice would be Mortlach 21-year-old. If you are curious about discovering something very rare, Pittyvaich – the single ghost distillery in our Special Releases Collection this year is an unforgettable dram,” says Wilson.

This one-of-a-kind range highlights the diversity of Diageo’s most treasured reserves maturing across Scotland. With expressions from renowned to phenomenal and less-known locales, the unified collection marks the pinnacle moment in every whisky lover and spirit-enthusiast’s calendar.

For those interested in discovering the very last drops from unique casks or savoring a taste of history, the collection includes Pittyvaich, from the Speyside ghost distillery, finished in first fill ex-bourbon casks, a rare Highland expression of Dalwhinnie, matured in re-fill hogshead casks, the best of Isle of Skye, Talisker, our foremost finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks and the stalwart Lagavulin, a perfect expression of this Islay distillery’s character.

The 2020 Special Releases collection will be available in limited quantities from specialist Scotch whisky retailers in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, selected markets across Asia, in airport duty free and malts.com this fall.

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