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A close look at all 8 single malt whiskies from the Diageo 2020 Special Releases collection

Which one of these whiskies from the Diageo 2020 Special Releases will you add into your collection?

Inspired by the ‘Rare by Nature’ theme, Diageo Malaysia introduces its 2020 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection – an exclusive selection comprising eight cask strength Single Malt Scotch whiskies drawn from some of Scotland’s most beloved distilleries.

The highly anticipated annual collection once again explores unusual age points, experimental maturation techniques and welcomes Diageo’s first-ever release finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks. The encore theme highlights the extraordinary nature that surrounds each distillery, with each whisky visually brought to life through intricate illustrations that decorate the bottles.

“I’ve created this Special Releases Collection from some of my favorite distilleries across Scotland, with whisky enthusiasts in mind. For those who enjoy spicy flavors, my recommendation would be to try our Cardhu, and for those who favour rich, intense, and smooth flavors, my choice would be Mortlach 21 Year Old. If you are curious about discovering something very rare, the Pittyvaich — the single ghost distillery in our Special Releases Collection this year is an unforgettable dram,” said Dr. Craig Wilson, the Diageo Master Blender.

This one of a kind line-up highlights the diversity of Diageo’s most treasured reserves maturing in Scotland. With expressions from renowned to phenomenal and less-known locales, the unified collection marks the pinnacle moment in every whisky lover and spirit enthusiast’s calendar.

The 2020 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection by Diageo comprises:

1. Talisker 8 Year Old

The Talisker is limited to 102 bottles locally.

A Talisker with a great deal of the expected maritime distillery character and a delightful twist of sweetness from the Caribbean rum cask finish.

2. Cardhu 11 Year Old

The Cardhu is limited to 102 bottles locally.

A unique expression of Cardhu, from refill casks and new and ex-bourbon fresh-charred American Oak hogsheads, which holds the Cardhu gentleness and richness in a spicy embrace but still allows that gentleness to be found, especially with water.

3. Lagavulin 12 Year Old

There are 702 bottles of Lagavulin available locally.

A 12 Year Old Lagavulin chosen for its purity of cask expression alone and a true individual; smooth-textured and soaring in taste and intensity, with a long and deeply smoky finish.

4. The Singleton 17 Year Old

The Singleton is limited to 102 bottles locally.

A first release purely from refill American Oak casks, this is a spicier expression of the smooth The Singleton Dufftown distillery character, in which the signature grassy fruitiness is still present, especially if water is added.

5. Cragganmore 20 Year Old

The Cragganmore is limited to 72 bottles locally.

An appetising Cragganmore, with the expected complex aromas and smooth Speyside character, while the rich, sweet taste is also unusually intense and wood-spiced after part-ageing in new oak casks.

6. Mortlach 21 Year Old

Mortlach is limited to 102 bottles locally.

Magnificent in every way, this is a fine Mortlach further enhanced by gentle secondary maturation. Very fine to drink straight and also with a small dash of water.

7. Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old

The Dalwhinnie is limited to 102 bottles locally.

A fine Dalwhinnie with astonishing intensity for its age; even more vibrant and warming than younger expressions, it is easiest enjoyed with a drop of water.

8. Pittyvaich 30 Year Old

The Pittyvaich is limited to 102 bottles locally.

A unique expression of a ‘ghost’ malt from a closed distillery, this is a spectacular and delicious Pittyvaich, the only one ever released to have been finished in ex-bourbon casks, which impart the real richness of taste and sweetness of character.

The 2020 Special Releases Collection is available in limited quantities. Whisky enthusiasts may purchase the collection by contacting Moet Hennessy Diageo Malaysia at diageoinfo@mhdm.com.my.

This article first appeared in Augustman Malaysia

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