Diageo Special Releases 2022 (4btls 200ml)
The Diageo Special Releases 2022 are out. Just rumours for now, but in the past they have proven to be reliable.
Since 2020 we’re seeing very little vintage statements on the label, and this is no different this year. All single malts are between 10 years and 16 years old, the exception being a 26 year old Cameronbridge single grain whisky.
The Cardhu got a rum cask finish
the Lagavulin is influenced by virgin oak casks.
The Special Releases series is continuing its path, focused on natural cask strength whisky from unusual parcels or casks. Not the series of old, unique whiskies it once was.
Cardhu 16 Year Old
A 16 year-old version finished in Jamaican pot still rum casks. Bottled at 58% ABV (natural cask strength, like all Special Releases)
Always a reliable part of the Special Releases, even the best scoring release last year in my opinion. This year it comes from a combination of virgin oak casks and their smokiest reserves. Lagavulin dialed up to 11 in terms of smoke and spice. Bottled at 57.3% ABV.
In the past Talisker often received experimental cask finishes, but this year we’re seeing an 11 year-old from classic ex-bourbon casks. It is composed from lightly peated stocks though. Let’s hope it is better than unpeated Caol Ila. I miss Caol Ila in this selection by the way.
From Glen Ord distillery comes this Singleton 15 Years. It is finished in wine casks and bottled at 54% ABV.