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17 Aug 2011

Diageo Special Releases 2011

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

The time has come. Every autumn, Diageo, owner of 28 Scottish single malt whisky distilleries, unveils a small and highly desirable collection of limited edition single malt Scotch whiskies. Here are this year’s Special Releases.


Diageo Special Releases 2011

  • Brora 32 yo 1978 (54,7% – € 350 – 1404 btl.)
  • Caol Ila unpeated 12 yo 1999 (€ 60 – 6000 btl.)
  • Glenury Royal 40 yo 1970 (€ 650 – 1404 btl.)
  • Knockando 25 yo 1985 (46% – € 160 – 4500 btl.)
  • Lagavulin 12 yo (57,5% – € 70)
  • Port Dundas 20 yo 1990 (57,4% – € 130 – 1920 btl.)
  • Port Ellen 32 yo 11th Release (53,9% – € 350 – 2988 btl.)
  • Rosebank 21 yo (53,3% – € 180 – 5604 btl.)

Update 1: prices have been added. Thanks Jack!
Update 2: official information now added.


This means no Talisker but instead a couple of interesting distilleries that we don’t see too often, like Knockando, Rosebank and the Lowlands grain distillery Port Dundas. The first ever grain Special release, right?

Bottlings are due in December. In the meantime they will refresh the Distiller’s Editions of Talisker, Glenkinchie, Royal Lochnagar, Dalwhinnie, Cragganmore, Coal Ila, Clynelish and Lagavulin.

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Diageo Special Releases 2011 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-17
  • Luca D’Anna

    no price tags yet? do you think the two extra years of aging will influence Brora’s price?

  • Ruben

    No price tags yet, but even at the same age I fear the Brora is getting more expensive each year. And yes, I guess they’ll take the opportunity to increase it significantly.

  • Jochem

    Bottlings are due in December? Only in December? Argh, such torture.

  • Whiskysite

    Hi all,

    prices for Holland are allready there… BUT they don’t know anything about a Brora 32 years old… But thats Diageo… pfff….


  • Ruben

    Thanks Jack. Let’s hope it’s true 😉
    Let us know when you’re accepting orders.

  • Whiskysite

    You are welcome… the price for the 11th PE will be around 350 euros… but everybody is free to ask their prices 😉

  • two-bit cowboy

    Thanks for this, Ruben. Your advance notice allowed me to get in on the new Lagavulin 12 (quite a price jump from the 2010), but the Diageo rep says the Glenkinchie, Cragganmore, Clynelish, and Caol Ila D.E.s won’t be bottled this year (maybe she means for the USA??). Anyway, thanks again — still haven’t seen this published anywhere else.

  • Ruben

    Picture and more data have been added, based on the official press release.

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