This morning Diageo announced 9 out of 10 bottles of their Special Releases 2018. For the first time ever since the SP series was launched, there are no Port Ellen and Brora bottles in the list.
Instead we see four bottles destined to the regular consumers market. In addition to Lagavulin 12 CS and Caol Ila 15 Unpeated, we have a Cask Strength 8 Year Old Talisker and 14 Year Old Singleton.
The tenth bottle will be revealed later this year and the series bottles will probably be will during October 2018.
Earlier this month the first official bottlings from the Speyside based GlenAllachie distillery were launched – a series of six single casks bottlings from 1991, 1990, 1989 and 1978 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the distillery.
We knew it’s only a precursor to the real deal – a standard core line up is to be established and we know from the distillery website to expect 10, 12, 15, 18 and 25 year old expressions. But now we have more solid information on those expressions, thanks to the new labels that popped up at the Federal Database.
Based on the labels, all the expressions are natural colored and non chill filtered. The 10 year Old is 100° Proof (57.1%), the 25 Year Old is bottled at 48% and the rest are bottled at 46%.
The core line up bottles should hit the shelves from June.
Full line up
- GlenAllachie 10 Year Old, Cask Strength Batch 1 – 57.1%
- GlenAllachie 12 Year Old – 46%
- GlenAllachie 15 Year Old – 46%
- GlenAllachie 18 Year Old – 46%
- GlenAllachie 25 Year Old – 48%
The label for the forth installment in Glenfiddich Experimental series has popped up in TTB database and is called Fire & Cane.
This is a peated Glenfiddich spirit (most likely 22 ppm) that was finished in Rum casks (like the 21 Year Old Reserva Rum Cask Finish). This label partially surprised me as I expected a PX finish to be #04 but I not truly surprised from the appearance of a peated Glenfiddich in the series as I predicted it following the visit of Struan Grant Ralph, Glenfiddich Ambassador, a few months ago (See my in depth review of Glenfiddich XX)
Previous editions in the Glenfiddich Experimental series were: IPA finish, XX Project and Winter Storm.
The label for the second release in Highland Park Viking Legend trio was revealed. Highland Valknut is the follow up release to Valkyrie in the series created with Jim Lyngvild, a danish designer who’s an expert in Norse mythology.
You’re probably asking yourself what is Valknut?
The answer (from Wikipedia):
The valknut (coined from Old Norse valr, “slain warriors” and knut, “knot”) is a symbol consisting of three interlocked triangles
It seems that Glenlivet Distillery is planning to release a sequel to the controversial and enigmatic 2016 release Glenlivet Cipher.
A new label filled by Glenlivet shows that Glenlivet Code is probably slated for a release sometimes in 2018. Like Cipher, it’s NAS whisky and will probably be bottled at 48%.
I bet no official tasting notes will be available up front…
22/04/2018 Update: Laphroaig distillery has officially announced the Cairdeas Fino bottling. It’s matured in first-fill bourbon casks before being finished in Fino Sherry Casks. Information on this bottle and the rest of the Feis Ile 2018 bottling are in the dedicated Feis Ile 2018 Bottling page.
It’s this time of the year where we recovers from the new year celebrations and looking forward new releases and festivals in 2018. So here’s the forthcoming Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 edition – Fino cask finish.
It was matured in first fill bourbon casks and then matured for an unknown time period in Fino Sherry casks, bottled at the expected Laphroaig Cairdeas strength 51.8% (51.year) without chill filtering.
I’ve been wondering when a Fino expression will be launched and here it’s coming!
it seems like the information on Diageo Special Releases 2017 has started to trickle out as four new labels from Diageo distilleries has popped up in the TTB database and they aren’t of the more familiar brands in their portfolio:
- Teaninich 17 Year Old (200th Anniversary) – 55.9%
- Port Dundas 52 Year Old – 46.6%, 752 bottles
- Glen Elgin 18 Year Old – 54.8%, 5352 bottles
- Blair Athol 23 Year Old – 58.4%, 5514 bottles
Update (24/4/2017) – WhiskyExperts.net has published information on more bottles in the SP17 release:
- Brora 1982 34 Year Old – 51.9%, 3000 bottles
- Port Ellen 1979 37 Year Old – 51%, 2988 bottles
- Convalmore 32 Year Old – 48.2%, 3972 bottles
- Caol Ila 18 Year Old – 59.8%
- Lagavulin 12 Year Old – 56.5%,
So far no mention of the annual Lagavulin 12/Caol Ila unpeated releases and we can be pretty sure more bottles will be added (Will we see Brora/Port Ellen this year?). The post will be updated when more information will be available.
Here are the labels from the TTB database: