Lagavulin launches Islay Jazz 2020 whisky

Diageo-owned Scotch brand Lagavulin has released a limited edition 22-year-old single malt whisky to mark this year’s Islay Jazz Festival. The Lagavulin Jazz 2020 whisky celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Islay Jazz Festival this year, which will be held in an online format on 3 October. Since 2011, Lagavulin has released a whisky every year for the festival on its island home of Islay. Held in partnership with Jazz Scotland, this year’s event will…

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Diageo reveals 2020 Special Releases

Leading spirits producer Diageo has unveiled the eight Scotch whiskies in this year’s Special Releases collection, including a 30-year-old from the demolished Speyside distillery Pittyvaich. Diageo’s 2020 Special Releases was inspired by the theme ‘Rare by Nature’ and were selected by master blender Dr Craig Wilson. The range comprises eight cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies sourced from distilleries scattered around Scotland. The 2020 Special Releases will be available in limited quantities from specialist Scotch…

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Lagavulin and Caol Ila to launch Fèis Ìle 2020 whiskies

Diageo-owned Islay distilleries Lagavulin and Caol Ila are launching their Fèis Ìle 2020 whiskies today (8 June): Lagavulin 20 Years Old Fèis Ìle 2020 and Caol Ila 16 Years Old Fèis Ìle 2020. Lagavulin 20 Years Old Fèis Ìle 2020 is limited to 6,000 bottles. The whisky has been aged in refill and PX oloroso-treated hogsheads and bottled at 54% ABV. Tasting notes include a “feisty” nose of cake mix, digestive biscuits, linseed oil and…

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Port Ellen 40 Years Old joins Untold Stories

Diageo has unveiled the second limited edition whisky in the Port Ellen Untold Stories series – The Port Ellen 40 Years Old. Only 1,380 bottles of the 40-year-old single malt will be made available globally from specialist retailers, priced at RRP £6,500 (US$7,942) per 700ml. The whisky has been bottled at cask strength, 50.9% ABV. The Port Ellen 40 Years Old was created out of nine ‘rogue’ casks. It was unveiled at the first virtual…

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SB’s most read stories of 2019

Cannabis, celebrity endorsements and Game of Thrones-themed whiskies were among the most attention-grabbing stories in the spirits sector last year. Here, we count down our most read online stories of 2019. While the biggest stories in the spirits sector featured punitive tariffs, distillery investments and strike action, it was new and innovative product launches that dominated our list of most read stories online last year. Among some of the articles that missed out on a…

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