malt whiskies from Diageo.
It is that time of year once again.
Every autumn, Diageo, proud owner of 28
Scottish single malt whisky
distilleries, unveils a small and highly
desirable collection of limited edition
single malt Scotch whiskies destined for
the world’s top bars and the collections
of single malt whisky connoisseurs.
Nine such single malt
whiskies, which have all been bottled at
natural cask strength, are being
released this year.
Two of them (Port Ellen and Brora) have
once again been drawn from the lovingly
preserved but sadly diminishing stocks
of distilleries long since closed.
Others are unusual bottlings from
distilleries still in very vibrant
production: generally older (thus rarer)
than the widely distributed expressions,
but sometimes younger.
Diageo spokesman Dr Nick Morgan said of
the 2010 Special Releases: "Some of
these single malts are priced
accessibly. Others, inevitably given
their age and rarity, are very
expensive. We know some people buy them
as investments. But all are engaging,
distinctive single malts made for
enjoyment now, and of course in the case
of Brora and Port Ellen, they will never
be made again. As before, we’ve combined
some familiar bottlings with some
"It’s also worth mentioning that some
exceptionally elegant packaging can be
found on the rarer Special Releases.
This year’s original Glen Spey and
Auchroisk designs continue that