Diageo Single Malt Special Releases

Diageo has announced its 2014 Single Malt Special Releases for the United States.

This year, the collection includes 11 whiskies, each representing flavors based on the place from which it was crafted. These releases have been hand-selected by a team of experts to deliver a unique and memorable experience to drinkers.

The special releases are:

Benrinnes 21 Year Old 

Region: Speyside

ABV: 56.9%

Suggested Retail Price: $400

Robust, big-bodied and bluff. A malt that is all about flavor, with suggestions of truffle oil or ginger cake on a quiet nose followed by spicy and bittersweet tastes on the palate.

Brora 35 Year Old 

Region: Coastal Highlands

ABV: 48.6%

SRP: $1,250 

Takes its time to develop fully; the smoke and coastal notes take a while to arrive but it’s a classic Brora once they do, especially once a drop of water is added.

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old

Region: Islay

ABV: 60.39% 

SRP: $120

An unpeated Caol Ila with a clear maritime character that stays fresh and light throughout. Has the familiar Caol Ila mix of sharp citrus and chewy cereals, as well as dried fruits, barley-sugar sweetness and cleansing notes.

Caol Ila 30 Year Old

Region: Islay

ABV: 55.1%

SRP: $700

Complex, mature and well-structured, it combines a palate and finish with peat smoke with drying, herbal accents to create a pungent, moreish malt.

Clynelish Select Reserve 

Region: Coastal Highland

ABV: 54.9%

SRP: $800

A complex whisky that moves from waxy high notes of fruit and butterscotch, through warmth, to the dark dryness of an aromatic finish. Enjoy with water, which exposes its lighter side and raises elegant layers of creamy flavor.

Cragganmore 25 Year Old

Region: Speyside

ABV: 51.4%

SRP: $500

A balance between sweet and dry. Adding water softens things yet also dulls this fabulous complexity.

Lagavulin 12 Year Old 

Region: Islay

ABV: 54.4%

SRP: $130

Lagavulin with a lighter spring to its step, with freshness, cereals, citrus and smoke. Sweeter notes of toffee and fruit are to the fore, though the tannins, herbs, resin and smoke speak to its lineage.

Port Ellen 35 Year Old Distilled 1978 

Region: Islay

ABV: 56.5%

SRP: $3,300

An unexpected Port Ellen with a warming, spicy, gingery edge to its traditional sweet and smoky nature. A little water reveals a sweetness on the nose and richness and depth on the palate.

Rosebank 21 Year Old

Region: Lowlands

ABV: 55.3%

SRP: $500

The sweet, heady and exotic nose contrasts with the appetizing, cleansing, bittersweet dryness of the palate, which has natural, fresh, clean flavors and aromas.

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old

Region: Speyside

ABV: 59.8%

SRP: $1,250

A fresh and interesting nose with an interplay of fresh acidity and cereal sweetness.

Strathmill 25 Year Old

Region: Speyside

ABV: 52.4%

SRP: $475

A nose balanced between fresh and over-ripe leads to a dryness on the complex palate, then a long finish with an aromatic dryness. Add water if you wish, but with care.

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