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Diageo 2017 Special Releases Bottle Information

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:

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New Ardbeg is coming: Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old

Update: Ardbeg Twenty Something will be released on 2nd November 2017 for Ardbeg Committee members. Price tag: £430.


Seems like Ardbeg is preparing a new release for the rich among us. A new label shows they intend to release another whisky from the stock that was distilled prior to the current owners regime (with Ardbeg 21 being the first one). The label states it was bottled in 2017 after being aged for 23 years so it’s a 1993/1994 spirit distilled when Ardbeg was part of Allied distillers.

The label hints at a series of releases as the title is Ardbeg Twenty Something so we could (and probably will) see other future releases that carry 2x age statements.

Will it be released in time for the next month Feis Ile? Stay tuned.

Another new Highland Park whisky: Highland Park Full Volume 47.2%

There’s a flurry of activity with Highland Park distillery in the last few months. It’s like they are the hyperactive kid in the playground – too many single casks to different markets, stores or occasions, rebranding the core 12/18 year old whiskies with a new labels and viking theme, new expressions (Valkyrie and Magnus) but the dust didn’t settle down yet as there’s another new Highland Park whisky coming – Highland Park Full Volume according to the new label that popped up in the TTB Database.

This time we have age statement – it’s a 17-18 Year Old whisky, and from the short tasting notes it seems like no (or very little) sherry casks were harmed making this whisky. Is it a core line expression or a limited edition? Will it be a USA exclusive or will we see it out in a global release?  What does it means it’s Full Volume – is it cask strength whisky (the ABV is not too high)? stay tuned.

Longrow RED 2017 release: Longrow RED 13 Year Old Malbec Wine Cask Finish

It’s not really a secret as information on it was flowing quite freely since last year but people were anxiously waiting for the official release of the next Longrow RED.

Although it’s not the official release, the Label has been officially revealed and now we know for sure that the next Longow RED release is:

Longrow RED 13 Year Old Malbec Wine Cask Finish

It spent 12 years in Bourbon casks and then finished for 15 months in fresh Mabec wine barriques from the De Toren Private Cellar in Stellenbosch South Africa.

Only 9000 bottles were produced and it will be bottled at 51.3% and it should hit stores around the globe during May 2017.


A new member in Highland Park core range: Highland Park Magnus

Looks like Highland Park founding father is making a cameo. Highland Park is gearing up to release a new NAS expression in their official line up named Highland Park Magnus. It’s promised to be apologetically bold, smoky and undeniably Orcadian. Too bad it looks like it will be bottled at 40%

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Whisky News: Laphroaig Announces Two New Expressions Exclusively for Duty-Free

Winter is still with us but we’re inching closer to spring time and the whisky market is waking up: the Glenmorangie Bacalta was launched and now we have two new Laphroaigs for Travel Retail – Four Oak, available now and The 1815 Legacy Edition, available from April 2017.

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Michael Cockram, Global Marketing Director, Travel Retail at Beam Suntory, comments: “Peated Malts are having their moment in the spotlight, currently leading growth globally in the total malt category. This growth is being driven by European and GTR powerhouse markets, where there is a preference for quality products and heritage cues. We are launching these two exceptional new products exclusively in global travel retail to meet this demand; Laphroaig is a brand with a rich history and both releases appeal to consumers’ desire for a compelling story.”


Whisky Gospel Take: I’m wary of those expressions. Last time they tried such a thing of rich smoke and/or multiple casks, we ended up with the Select and QA expressions. I hope this time they got their act together and bring us something drinking worthy (and not too expensive)


FOUR OAK: A FUSION OF FAVOURS

laphroaig-four-oakAged in four different hand-selected casks; ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads, vigilance and craftsmanship hold the key to this complex Islay malt. Bright golden in colour, Laphroaig Four Oak has aromas of peat smoke with stewed fruit and warm, toasted vanilla. With hints of sandalwood, pine, fir and willow, experience oak embers and seaweed with smooth buttercream on the palette and a salted liquorice and peaty finish.

THE 1815 LEGACY EDITION: TWO CENTURIES OF PEAT-SMOKED RICHNESS

laphroaig-the-1815-legacy-editionFor two centuries, Laphroaig master craftsmen have worked to shape the most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies. This exceptional edition was created by current Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell, to honour those who have gone before him. Left to rest in first-fill, ex-bourbon barrels before further maturing in large, new European oak hogsheads maturation occurs slowly, resulting in a whisky of great depth.

Deep sunset orange in colour, with aromas of burnt apricot and raisin, Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition combines the signature peat smoke of Laphroaig with soft oak and notes of rich caramelised dark fruit and a dried fruit, nut, peat and oiled-wood finish.

 

Glenmorangie Bacalta is the Eighth Private Edition Release

Glenmorangie Private Edition collection has seven releases so far with Milsean being the latest one. The bottles are usually releases in January so it’s surprising to see that information on the eight release in the series was revealed on the Federal TTB database, six months ahead of the release. According to the label it will be: Glenmorangie Bacalta, finished in Malmsey Madeira casks:

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Is it me or do we see more Madeira finishes/maturations lately?

Linkwood 37, Glenkinchie 24, Cambus 40 and Mannochmore 25 added to Diageo Special Releases 2016

We’ve already posted information on the forthcoming Diageo Special Releases 2016 with Port Ellen 37 and Brora 38 in the limelight. In the last few years, we came to expect those releases (along with the Caol Ila and Lagavulin) but we always have a supporting cast from other distilleries in Diageo Portfolio and it seems like we have four new addition to the Special Releases 2016 and the current list is as the following:

  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old 2016 – 57.7%
  • Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated – 61.5%
  • Port Ellen 1978 37 Year Old – 55.2%, 2940 bottles
  • Brora 38 Year Old – 48.6%, 2984 bottles
  • Auchroisk 25 Year Old – 51.2%, 3954 bottles
  • Linkwood 37 Year Old – 50.3%, 6114 bottles
  • Cambus 40 Year Old – 52.7%, 1812 bottles
  • Glenkinchie 24 Year Old – 57.2%, 5928 bottles
  • Mannochmore 25 Year Old – 53.4%, 3954 bottles

Here are the labels:

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Brora 38, Port Ellen 37 and others in the Diageo 2016 Special Releases

On the heels of Feis Ile 2016, some labels of the forthcoming 2016 edition of Diageo Special Releases has shown up at the federal TTB database (labels are at the bottom of the post) earlier today.

At the moment we can quite safely assume (like 99.999%) those five release will be out coming October:

  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old 2016 – 57.7%
  • Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated – 61.5%
  • Port Ellen 1978 37 Year Old – 55.2%, 2940 bottles
  • Brora 38 Year Old – 48.6%, 2984 bottles
  • Auchroisk 25 Year Old – 51.2%, 3954 bottles

We can see that the annual releases of Lagavulin 12, Caol Ila Unpeated, Brora & Port Ellen live on for another year. After 16 years, we still keep asking ourselves: just how many casks are left and how long can they sustain this series of Brora and Port Ellen?

I wonder if they have another Lagavulin coming up for SR 2016, after all it’s the 200th anniversary of the distillery but we’ll have to wait a bit more to get an answer on this question.

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Scapa Glansa: Trying to jump on the peated whisky bandwagon without distilling peated barley

Scapa distillery which belongs to Pernod Ricard produce only one single malt to the market. It started with the Scapa 12 which was replaced with Scapa 14 which in turn was replaced with Scapa 16 and in turn got replaced with Scapa Skiren, a NAS whisky – it always felt like there can be only one…

But now, new evidence on the TTB database, shows that Scapa are going to double the amount of official bottlings with a new release: Scapa GLANSA:

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