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Diageo has been rather early with publishing some labels for the Special Releases 2016 in the public TTB registry. They already revealed some of the usual suspects: 12yo Lagavulin, an unpeated Caol Ila and another Port Ellen and Brora. That means they still have some casks - only God and Diageo know how many - left and we won't see a Port Ellen Blended Malt yet. The "surprise" comes from Auchroisk, a distillery that was featured in the Special Releases series from 2012.

Lagavulin 12

Lagavulin 12 Special Releases 2016

  • Lagavulin Distillery, Port Ellen (Islay)

  • 12 year old single malt

  • 57.7% ABV

Lagavulin 12 Special Releases 2016 front label

Label description:
"THE STRANGE HORSE OF SUINABHAL" - By William Black. - "I hef been in Isla more as three times or two times myself, and I hef been close to the 'Lagavulin' Distillery and I know that it is the clear water of the spring that will make the 'Lagavulin' whisky just as fine as new milk."

Caol Ila 15

Caol ila 15 unpeated Special Releases 2016

Label description:
A most unusual unpeated Islay single malt, this limited release cask strength Caol Ila was matured in refill American and European casks. It has a style as clean and fresh as the pale sky that follows clearing rain, a bitter-sweet warmth and an appealing salty edge. Intense flavours of sharp fruit and malty sweetness dance boldly across the tongue like flecks of foam over wind-lashed waves.

  • Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig (Islay)

  • 15 year old unpeated single malt

  • 61.5% ABV


Port Ellen 37

Port Ellen 16th release 1978 Special Releases 2016

  • Port Ellen Distillery (closed), Port Ellen (Islay)

  • 37 year old single malt

  • 16th release

  • Vintage 1978

  • 2940 bottles

  • 55.2% ABV


Brora 38

Brora 38 year old Special Releases 2016

  • Brora Distillery (closed), Sutherland (Highlands)

  • 38 year old single malt

  • 2984 bottles

  • 48.6% ABV


Auchroisk 25

Auchroisk 25 year old Special Releases

  • Auchroisk Distillery, Mulben (Speyside)

  • 25 year old single malt

  • 3954 bottles

  • 51.2% ABV


Glenkinckie 24

Glenkinchie 24

Het label over Glenkinchie 24:
This lively bottling of the Edinburgh malt has more body than younger expressions yet retains Glenkinchie's appetising & elegant character. It has been matured in refill European oak butts to bring out its smooth texture, warming bittersweet nature and drying spicy pungency.

  • Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland (Lowlands)

  • 24 jaar year old single malt - Vintage 1991

  • 5928 bottles

  • 57.2% ABV


Cambus 40

Cambus 40

  • Cambus Distillery, Cambus (Lowlands) - closed distillery

  • 40  year old single grain - Vintage 1975

  • 1812 bottles

  • 52.7% ABV


Linkwood 37

Linkwood 37

  • Linkwood Distillery, Elgin (Speyside)

  • 37 year old single malt - Vintage 1978

  • 6114 bottles

  • 50.3% ABV


Mannochmore 25

Mannochmore 25

  • Mannochmore Distillery, Elgin (Speyside)

  • 25 year old single malt

  • 3954 bottles

  • 53.4% ABV


Source and pictures: Colas Online