It is the time of the year again where the whisky world is anticipating the launch of the Special Releases collection by Diageo. For decades, Diageo has released a collection of very rare, special, unusual and very limited whiskies in the autumn, often from distilleries which have closed their doors many years ago. Praised by experts all over the world for outstanding quality and deeply rooted in the connoisseur’s mind, it is time to look back at how it all started. This article will give an insight into the Special Releases and will close with an overview of all whiskies released so far in the series. Continue reading “Diageo Special Releases: A brief history of collection and releases”
A few years ago during a holiday in Italy, I came across this young expression and it was at the time unusual to have such young age statements. Nowadays, we see more and more low numbers appearing on labels next to the ongoing trend of no age statement whiskies. The last bottling with quite a lot of noise about its young age was the Lagavulin 8 year old launched to celebrate the 200 year anniversary in 2016. For a price around the 20 € mark I did not think long and bought the Glen Grant as I wanted to see what I would get from this 5 year old expression.
Do you remember the first distillery you visited? I definitely remember mine: I visited Bladnoch. The distillery is celebrating its 200 year anniversary in 2017, just released some new variants, and is about to start full production again. In addition, a new visitor centre is going to be built, planned to open in 2018. Some very good reasons to dedicate my first article on this blog to Bladnoch distillery.