Whisky Lovers Dream: Diageo 2017/18 Special Releases Collection

Whisky is growing in popularity in Australia, with the Scotch category alone growing two per cent in the past 12 months. Now, one in five bottles of spirits purchased in Australia is a Scotch whisky, and the total annual spend on Scotch is in excess of $587million.

Knowing that the Dappertude team got very excited to receive an invite to one of the Highly anticipated events by enthusiasts and collectors worldwide, the Diageo Australian launch of 2017/18 Special Releases Collection.

The limited-edition, natural cask strength bottlings are rigorously selected each year by Diageo’s Master Distillers, Blenders and

Distillery Managers, to form an extremely rare and sought-after annual collection, comprising some of the rarest and oldest liquids

from both classics, little-known, unknown and silent distilleries. This Whisky event was held at J&M Sydney.

Upon arrival, we were welcomed by a delicious whisky cocktail, prepared using Talisker Whisky one of Diageo well known Single


Next Simon McGoram, Diageo National Whisky Ambassador invited us to the 3rd floor which was divided into 4 tasting sections.

Each one of these sections represents the Scottish region Of The Diageo Special releases Whisky. Mr McGoram guided us throughout the tasting from one section to another and shared with us some great information on this Special Release.

The COLLECTIVUM XXVIII at cask strength this blended Malt Scotch Whisky contains whiskies from all 28 active Diageo malt

distilleries. This special blend enjoys real depth, with a palate that runs all the way from dry and nutty to rich and chocolatey, with zestiness and sweetness.

The PORT ELLEN 37-year-old is the oldest Port Ellen ever released. Now very rare and highly sought after at this age, it is truly irreplaceable, enjoying a well-mannered yet complex elegance, with a fine balance of sweet fruit, honeyed citrus, smoke, warmth and oak.

The PORT DUNDAS 52-year-old is the oldest whisky ever released in the series, as well as the oldest bottle to ever be released by the Port Dundas distillery with only 752 bottles available globally it is astonishingly rich and complex.

In addition, the rare and unusual CONVALMORE 32-year-old and iconic and restrained BRORA 34-year-old originate from rare stock

from closed, or ‘ghost’ distilleries. As whisky collecting rises in popularity, the 2017/18 Special Releases collection offers an extra special and rare investment opportunity for all Whisky enthusiasts and collectors in Australia.

For an in-depth review of all 10 bottles of the Diageo Special releases 2017/18, you can check @thegentlemanselction Instagram page.

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