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Grasp of Malt tastes… Diageo Particular Releases 2022

Properly, they’re right here or almost right here, the subsequent batch of uncommon and weird whiskies from the Diageo secure. Together with over 1 / 4 of a century of grain, a Jamaican rum-finish Cardhu, and a sherried Clynelish, we style Diageo Particular Releases 2022.

There’s undoubtedly been a shift within the Diageo Particular Releases during the last couple of years. And we’re not simply speaking in regards to the packaging which went fantasy loopy final yr and has remained that method for Particular Releases 2022 aka ‘Elusive Expressions’ with every given a reputation just like the Lure of the Blood Moon and the Wildcats Golden Gaze. 

Prior to now, the annual Particular Releases would come with ghost distilleries and large age statements. As not too long ago as 2017, you had a Port Ellen and Brora out there for about £1,500 a bottle which looking back seems to be like a discount. In 2019 and 2020 you have been getting Pittyvaich, a closed distillery, and a few critically outdated age statements like Mortlach 21 12 months Previous and Dalwhinnie 30 12 months Previous.

Cask finishes galore

Now, if you’d like the actually uncommon stuff, you’ll must pay mega bucks for the Prima & Ultima releases. The 2021 releases have been extra in regards to the uncommon casks with purple wine finishes, Cognac finishes, and freshly-charred American oak barrels. It’s an identical story with 2022. There’s just one very outdated whisky, a Cameron Bridge 26 12 months Previous – we’re very happy to see a grain whisky again within the line-up. After that, there’s nothing unusually outdated. There’s even a NAS Mortlach in there! As a substitute, it’s all in regards to the uncommon casks a few of which labored higher than others but it surely’s actually down to non-public style. In keeping with grasp blender Craig Wilson: “Individuals don’t obsess about age as a lot as they used to. It’s extra in regards to the assortment as a coherent complete.” However he did add that there is perhaps some massive age statements in subsequent yr’s assortment.  

Model ambassador Ewan Gunn described the gathering as “pushing the boundaries when it comes to rarity and fantasy.” He’s definitely not incorrect. As with final yr, Diageo has partnered with visible artist Ken Taylor, and new for this yr, Kevin Tong has produced a comic book cocktail e book. No, not a set of amusing recipes, however a cocktail e book illustrated like a graphic novel plus every kind of on-line jiggery pokery. All of that is to attempt to attraction to non-whisky drinkers, although a set of plus £100 bottlings is probably not the obvious place for a whisky novice to begin. 

Anyway, with out additional ado, listed below are the Diageo Particular Releases 2022. For me the 2 standout whiskies have been the Lagavulin and the Cameron Bridge. Inventory must be arriving subsequent week. We’ll replace this web page as quickly because it arrives. 

Tasting Diageo Particular Releases 2022

Special Releases Cameron Bridge

Cameron Bridge 26 12 months Previous 

‘The Knight’s Golden Triumph’

Aged in refill American oak cask. 52.6% ABV Notice spacing of ‘Cameron Bridge’. Apparently, till the 1870s it was spelt with two phrases slightly than one.

RRP: £275

Nostril: Apple and pears, with almonds, oaty cereal notes, cinnamon, and marzipan-like pastry.

Palate: Very easy texture, mmmmm, vanilla, almonds, custard, coconut, with only a twist of black pepper and baking spices.

End: Vanilla, custard, contact of wooden tannin and woody spice. 

Total: Beautiful textbook outdated grain. Nothing wacky happening right here. Simply pretty outdated whisky. 

Clynelish Special Releases 2022

Clynelish 12 12 months Previous 

‘The Wildcats Golden Gaze’

Refill American oak, completed in Oloroso and PX casks. 58.5% ABV

RRP: £175

Nostril: Peachy with tropical and dried fruit, vanilla, orange peel, and toffee.

Palate: Very spicy, cardamon, and chilli pepper. Fragrant, creamy texture and candy toffee notes, purple fruit. Candy rum and walnut notes pointing to a number of sherry cask affect. 

End: Creamy, nutty: walnuts and almonds.

Total: Wealthy candy Clynelish. In the event you solely know the distillery from the basic 14-year-old then you definately’ll be in for a shock. 

Glen Ord SPecial Releases 2022

Singleton of Glen Ord 15 12 months Previous 

‘The Enchantress of the Ruby Solstice’

Refill American and European oak, double matured in a wine-seasoned cask. 54.2% ABV.

RRP: £120

Nostril: Waxy apple peel notes with almonds, baking spice, brown apple and toffee

Palate: Mellow, candy, baking spices, and almond/ hazelnut, very harmonious

End: Lengthy, lingering baking spices, vanilla

Total: Very refined purple wine affect. Actually simply basic orchard and spice Glen Ord however with further ABV.

Lagavulin Special Releases 2022

Lagavulin 12 12 months Previous

‘The Flames of the Phoenix’

In keeping with Ewan Gunn the intention was to “to ramp and spiciness and actually go for broke. It’s essentially the most phenolic Lagavulin we’ve made after which amplify with virgin oak.”

Closely peated Lagavulin aged in American oak refill and virgin oak casks. 57.3% ABV

RRP: £135

Nostril: Bonfire, bacon crisps and popcorn with some seaweed/ coastal notes, actually robust saline affect. 

Palate: Positively crackles with black pepper, candy toffee and smoky wooden.

End: Huge chilli peppers balanced with caramel.

Total: Punchy however superbly balanced Lagavulin, American oak sweetness actually fits this. 

Oban Special Releases 2022

Oban 10 12 months Previous

‘The Celestial Blaze’

Refill then new American oak and Amontillado-seasoned casks.

RRP: £105

Nostril: Candy-smelling, vanilla and toffee, with purple cherry and cardamom.

Palate: Full of life, very spicy, liquorice, cardamom, cloves, and orchard fruit. Extremely fragrant.

End: Lengthy with tobacco and mint

Total: Beautiful aromatics, invigorating like extraordinarily upmarket Listerine. 

Talisker Special Releases 2022

Talisker 11 12 months Previous 

‘The Lustrous Creature of the Depths’

First fill ex-bourbon, refill and wine-seasoned casks

RRP: £110

Nostril: Wooden fires, furnishings polish, vanilla, lemon peel and lemon juice

Palate: Peppery and candy, a contact of tannin, lingering bonfire, candy oak, dried fruit and apricot.

End: Lengthy peppery with a toffee sweetness.

Total: Candy and fruity. The candy edge doesn’t blunt the Talisker appeal.

Mortlach Special Releases 2022

Mortlach NAS

‘The Lure of the Blood Moon’

Refill American oak then virgin, tawny Port and purple muscat casks

RRP: £250

Nostril: Huge nostril! Brown sugar, dried fruit, darkish caramel, chocolate, espresso, date and cherry

Palate: Full and spicy, caramel, toffee, treacle, darkish chocolate, bitter espresso, cola bottles, fragrant pink peppercorns

End: Muscovado sugar, a contact of wooden tannin, darkish chocolate. Lengthy and intense.

Total: Huge whisky, candy and bitter, however with a very good steadiness.

Cardhu Special Releases 2022

Cardhu 16 12 months Previous

‘The Hidden Paradise of Black Rock’

Refill and re-charred American oak, completed in Jamaican pot nonetheless rum casks

RRP: £160

Nostril: Beautiful fruit, apples, peaches, vanilla, baking spices, marzipan and pastry

Palate: Peppery, creamy, chilli, vanilla with a saline refreshing edge

End: Peppery, spicy and contemporary.

Total: Very elegant and basic however with out something significantly noticeable from the Jamaican rum casks. 


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