Diageo unveils its 2017 Special Releases Collection

18 April, 2018 by Andy Young

Diageo has launched its 2017 Special Releases Collection in Australia, with 10 limited-edition whiskies to be available to both the on- and off-premise.

As well as the usual collection of rare whiskies from Diageo’s active and ghost distilleries the 2017 collection features the Collectivum XXVIII, which is a cask strength blended malt Scotch whisky containing whiskies from all 28 active Diageo malt distilleries.

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Speaking about the new collection, Simon McGoram, Diageo National Whisky Ambassador, said: “The 2017 Special Releases reflect the extraordinary range of stocks our blenders and distillery managers have available to them. Always eagerly awaited, we see a continuing demand for unusual, distinctive, unrepeatable natural cask strength bottlings the world over.

“And with such strictly limited numbers in Australia – for example, only 752 bottles of Port Dundas globally, these expressions are truly rare and magnificent.

“We’re looking forward to sharing this year’s collection, and in particular keen to see the response to the new Collectivum XXVIII.”

Speaking about the new blended malt, McGoram added: “This is the first blended malt Scotch whisky that we have ever released in this series and I think they have done a very fine job with this whisky.”

The 2017 collection includes a 37-year-old Port Ellen, which is the oldest Port Ellen ever released and is the 17th release of Port Ellen in the Special Releases.

Brora is another stalwart of the Special Releases collection and this year’s range includes 34-year-old. The range also contains two other whiskies from ghost distilleries including a 52-year-old Port Dundas, which is the oldest whisky ever released in the series and the rare and unusual Convalmore 32-year-old.

The unpeated Caol Ila is another regular in the series, having first been introduced in 2007 and this year’s 18-year-old is the oldest ever release. Lagavulin has been a part of the series since 2005, and this year features a 12-year-old bottled at 56.5 ABV.

The 2017 series is completed by a 24-year-old Blair Athol, a Glen Elgin 18-year-old and a rare release of a 17-year-old Teaninich.

The series is available to specialist whisky retailers and to on-premise venues, with prices ranging from $175 for the Caol Ila up to $5000 for the Port Ellen.