Diageo’s special release suites are always a thing of wonder.

Its annual collection of fine and rare whiskies across a variety of price points is one we always look forward to on our calendars, but for 2020, the giant is doing it differently. They have announced a Prima & Ultima collection, a hand-selected compendium of “incredibly rare and historic Scotch” whiskies by Diageo’s master blender Dr Jim Beveridge.

Encompassing eight whiskies, every single bottle is a testament to craftsmanship across Diageo’s whisky portfolio. All harken to significant moments in each brand’s history, including the firsts and the lasts of every distillery’s innovative tradition. To list, the bottles in the collection are the Caol Ila 1984, Clynelish 1993, Cragganmore 1971, Lagavulin 1991, Mortlach 1994, Port Ellen 1979, Singleton 1988, and Talisker 1988.

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Of the lot, highlights include the Port Ellen find, which pays homage to the ghost distillery’s ending years. The Cragganmore also hails the close of a particular whisky-making tradition at the distillery, and the 1971 is one of the last to be made in this vein.

238 sets will be available for auction from 26 August to 2 September 2020 by Sotheby’s, though registrations for the auction will open on 22 July. All proceeds from the charity will be donated to WaterAid, Diageo’s charity partner that drives to provide clean water to Myanmar’s urban communities. The price? Just £20,000 (S$34,850).

For more information and to register, click here.

Photos credited to Diageo.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.