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POSTED ON 17 Apr 2018

世界酒業龍頭Diageo每年都有一批Special Release (SR),於旗下28間蘇格蘭蒸餾廠裡,嚴選最珍稀的10枝小批量生產兼一定係Cask Strength的蘇威,作為年度SR。10款作品每年都會有些許變動,一如既往,Diageo會先公佈其中的9款作品,而第10枝就會作為終極驚喜,在最後一刻才會面世!

2018年度的Special Release剛剛有消息,名單如下 :

Carsebridge 48-year-old
ABV : 43.2%
Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads
Availability: 1,000 bottles

Caol Ila Unpeated 15-year-old
ABV : 59.1%
Cask: Refill and rejuvenated American oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts
Availability: Limited quantities worldwide

Caol Ila 35-year-old
ABV : 58.1%
Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts
Availability: 3,276 bottles

Inchgower 27-year-old
ABV : 55.3%
Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads
Availability: 8,544 bottles

Lagavulin 12-year-old
ABV : 57.8%
Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads
Availability: Limited quantities available worldwide

Oban 21-year-old
ABV : 57.9%
Cask: Refill European oak butts
Availability: Limited availability worldwide

Pittyvaich 28-year-old
ABV : 52.1%
Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads
Availability: 4,680 bottles

The Singleton of Glen Ord 14-year-old
ABV : 57.6%
Cask: Refill American oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts followed by a ‘unique maturation and marrying process’
Availability: Limited quantities available worldwide

Talisker 8-year-old
ABV : 59.4%
Cask: First-fill ex-Bourbon American oak hogsheads
Availability: Limited availability worldwide

若有Follow過往幾年的Special Release,第一眼便會發現缺少了Port Ellen與Brora,據品牌全球單一純麥大使Donald Colville (以前於MenClub教過大家飲威的那位) 所講,Port Ellen、Brora皆有重開蒸餾廠的計劃,相信在大約一年後便各自有新作品登場,叫飲家們不用擔心。

除了一些老酒之外,Donald形容Singleton Glen Ord 14年是一次很創新的實驗,融入了5款橡木桶,風味非常獨特;另外的Talikser 8年 (嘩,後生到呢),繼2013年的27年款後再次現身SR,並以59.4% ABV裝瓶。

大家都知道煙燻、泥煤風味愈後生愈濃烈,Ardbeg基本款都是10年,此番Talisker不僅玩8年,更推出如此高酒精度的版本,雖然令人期待,但心底不禁擔憂會否顧此失彼,煙燻泥煤太勁影響整體平衡性,希望遲下有機會品嚐時再為大家解答這個問題吧。

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