Diageo’s rare malts released

15 October, 2010

Diageo has released nine limited edition single malt whiskies, including two from distilleries which closed in 1983.

Brora 30 Year Old comes from a north eastern coastal distillery which was famed for its Islay-style malts. Fewer than 3,000 bottles are being released with a guide retail price of £280.

The other malt from a defunct distillery is a 31 Year Old from Islay’s Port Ellen, again with fewer than 3,000 bottles available, and an rrp of £250.

Other rarities include the Speyside whiskies Auchroisk 20 Year Old, which has a guide price of £115 a bottle, Glen Spey 21 Year Old at £120, and Cragganmore 21 Year Old at £135.

A 20 Year Old from Glenkinchie, one of the few surviving Lowland distilleries, is also on the list and is expected to retail for £125.

The release includes two Islay whiskies: Lagavulin 12 Year Old ?at £59 and Caol Ila 12 Year Old at £135.

The list is completed by Talisker 30 Year Old from Skye at £230.

All the whiskies are bottled at cask strength.

Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Scotch knowledge and heritage manager, said: “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.”




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