Diageo Special Releases 2019 (+prices)

Special Releases 2019 + price - Diageo

Diageo Special Releases: Mortlach, Glen Ord, Pittyvaich



Diageo Special Releases 2019

Diageo has announced the Special Releases 2019, themed “Rare by Nature”. For the first time it seems there is a visual theme in the whole series, with these jungle / retro plant motifs and animals. Most whiskies are in the same bottles and nicely match in terms of colour and identity. Although this is a nice touch, I suspect some people may be disappointed that whiskies are not presented in their own traditional brand identity (e.g. the typical Lagavulin dark bottle), breaking their collection a little.

Here are the confirmed details, including the recommended prices. I hope to add my tasting notes in the future.


Cask Strength Special Releases

Perhaps a little underwhelming (or accessible, depending on your view). The Special Releases are starting to become a series known for their cask strength rather than for exceptionally old releases from distilleries that are otherwise unavailable. We used to have 30-40 year-old whiskies at the top, now it’s mostly 10-20 years of age. No special blend this year, no grain whiskies either.

That said, I’m looking forward to the Talisker at cask strength, the Mortlach from first-fill sherry casks and the Pittyvaich which is hopefully along the lines of last year’s offering. That Mortlach is so expensive though!


Buy Special Releases 2019

The Special Releases 2019 can already be ordered through Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange or Whisky Shop. Other retailers will probably follow soon.


Update: in case you’re interested, here’s the information on the Diageo Special Releases 2020.