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29 Aug 2009

Manager’s Choice single cask selection

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

Managers choice single cask selection There are interesting rumours that whisky giant Diageo will soon announce a new series of exclusive bottlings named The Manager’s Choice Single Cask Selection. They’ve selected one single cask from each of the 27 distilleries in their portfolio and the first six will be released in October 2009. A new Rare Malts series is born.

I’m not sure which distilleries will be in the first batch, but the picture shows Oban, Teaninich and Mortlach.

Also, as part of their yearly special releases, there will be a Port Ellen 30yo and probably a new Brora 30yo this year.

Update: it’s not simply a rumour. Check this website and this movie clip
Update 2: here are some prices (are they out of their mind?)

Manager’s Choice single cask selection Ruben Luyten 2009-08-29
  • http://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com Tim F

    There is a mjor difference between these and the Rare Malts. Ten years ago, the Rare Malts could be had for 40-50 quid. These bottlings are all in the hundreds. Some of them are several hundred pounds for teenage cask-strength malts from second or third-tier distilleries.

  • http://www.visionR.be Ruben

    Well, sure there is a difference, but Rare Malts was launched in a completely different context. There was no collectors scene at that time – this is definitely becoming a collectors range with big marketing probably. Hopefully with some equally magnificent highlights as well.

  • Paolo

    Yep, once the market was more affordable than now…Anyway I’ll check for a couple of distilleries only, hoping they selected great casks (and by the way everyone’s sure that old port ellens will be that good? I prefer younger ones…let’s see the battle against the wood…)

  • http://foodnwine.me gal

    great news.
    looking 4wd

  • Martin

    Besides, the Rare Malts now can be as high as £500 on places like Ebay. If this is a sampling from all 27 distilleries, there could be some very nice, hard to find gems in there.

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