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William
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:24 pm    Post subject: Diageo Release The Managers Choice Single Cask Malt Series Reply with quote

Diageo has announced the launch of its first single-cask collection of single malt Scotch whiskies. This is the first time that Scotland's biggest estate of single malt distilleries has issued a comprehensive series of single-cask bottlings.



Labelled The Managers' Choice, the rare limited-edition series is aimed at collectors and connoisseurs who will enjoy owning and exploring an unusual expression of their favourite single malt or even a whole anthology of highly individual single malts, chosen to represent each of 27 distilleries distinctive but authentic whisky signature.

The releases are being staged in batches over the next year. September 2009 Diageo launched the first batch of Diageos first ever complete collection of single-cask malt whiskies. This first batch includes Teaninich, Glen Elgin, Linkwood, Oban, Mortlach and Cardhu single-cask malt whiskies.

Cardhu distilled 1997 - 252 bottles
Glen Elgin distilled 1998 - 534 bottles
Linkwood distilled 1996 - 480 bottles
Mortlach distilled 1997 - 240 bottles
Oban distilled 2000 - 534 bottles
Teaninich distilled 1996 - 246 bottles

For more info, tasting notes on the first batch released and an Interview With Craig Wallace a Diageo Malt Whisky Specialist, about his contribution to The Managers' Choice project see here:

The Managers Choice Release Details

Interview With Craig Wallace

Tasting notes for The Managers Choice Whiskies

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info William, interesting to read how the series was chosen.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info William, an interesting read. I know they are limited editions but they are some price for whiskies of such a young age, they really have to be good to justify the price tag. Still i wouldnt say no if given the chance to taste them.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info William, it will be interesting to see what comes next.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder who came up with the pricing for these, it is way over the top for whiskies that are after all only 10 - 12 year old. I am sure they are extra special drams but they can not be valued at £200 - £300 even if they were half of these prices it would have been pushing it for whisky of this age. This pricing is just wrong. Why would i buy a Talisker Managers Choice when i can get a Talisker 25 or 30 year old for less. I am sure someone will buy them but i wont at these prices.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes the pricing is very high for such young whiskies but the release is very limited so i dont think they will have a problem selling them all. I must say i would be tempted by a couple of there distilleries such a Lagavulin where you wouldnt see very many limited edition or independent bottlings coming out of it. I dare say there are a lot of whisky drinkers that have way more money than me, so i would think they would have no problem selling these. I bet there are a few crackers amongst this lot but working my way through them all is way beyond my finances, unfortunately.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if some feedback about the prices has gotten back to Diageo as the price some of the managers choice series is available for in The Whisky Exchange is less than what the RRP price quoted. see here

www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/shop/compareprices/Managers+Choice.htm

Some are around £30 less than the RRP

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have came across this list in a couple of places online now but i am not sure how accurate it is as i have looked on Diageos site and they havent officially said yet when the rest of the Managers Choice series will be released anyway this is the list doing the rounds:

SEPTEMBER 4TH 2009
Linkwood £200
Glen Elgin £250
Mortlach £250
Oban £300
Teaninich £200
Cardhu £250

JANUARY 2010
Blair Athol £200
Strathmill £200
Glen Spey £200
Cragganmore £250
Dalwhinnie £250
Talisker £300

MARCH 2010
Royal Lochnagar £250
Glenkinchie £250
Dailuaine £200
Inchgower £200
Caol Ila £300
Glen Ord £250
Mannochmore £200

JUNE 2010
Glenlossie £200
Auchroisk £200
Knockando £250
Benrinnes £200
Lagavulin £300
Clynelish £250
Glendullan £200

I guess we will know soon enough how accurate it is.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bookie I came across this list in a few places also. It only lists 26 malts Dufftown is missiing so i am also not sure how accurate the list is.

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