Classic Malts Distillers Editions 2019 in sight
The new releases of the Distillers Editions will be available soon
Each year Diageo presents new batches of the Distiller Editions series. These are whiskies which are known under the name "Classic Malts" in its standard form, but got a finish in wine, sherry or port wine casks to get a special aromatic accent and to become the "Distillers Editions".
The bottlings of the Distillers Edition are limited; the year of distillation and bottling are given on the labels so that the annual batches can be distinguished at a glance. The special casks that are used for the finishing remain the same - Lagavulin, for example, is finished in Pedro-Ximenez casks for the Distillers Edition, Dalwhinnie in Oloroso and Cragganmore in port wine casks.
Distillers Editions 2019
- Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2007/2019, finished in Moscatel casks, 43% ABV
Aroma: Pure and fruity with spice. In addition, medical and smoky accents.
Taste: Sweetness and malt, followed by pure and fresh aromas. Complex and slightly dry with campfire and a hint of cinnamon.
Finish: Strong and lasting with many facets.
- Cragganmore Distillers Edition 2006/2019, finished in port wine casks, 40% ABV
Aroma: Sweet and fruity with a hint of smoke and malt.
Taste: Complex and sweet with notes of smoke and fruit. In the background malt and oak.
Finish: Medium-long and dry with oak and sweet notes of banana, vanilla and cocoa.
- Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition 2004/2019, finished in Oloroso sherry casks, 43% ABV
Aroma: Malty, spicy, with a sherry touch, honey and heather.
Taste: Initial spicy, then pure and sweet with grapes.
Finish: Dry with oak and strong vanilla notes.
- Glenkinchie Distillers Edition 2007/2019, finished in Amontillado sherry casks, 43% ABV
Aroma: Complex and powerful. Sweet and dry notes with vanilla, grapes, nuts and malted barley.
Taste: Sweet cookies in the beginning. Then malty and dry with grapes.
Finish: Long and dry with strong oak and a pinch of pepper.
- Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2003/2019, finished in PX sherry casks, 43% ABV
Aroma: Smoky with the slight sweetness of vanilla and raisins, joined by iodine and roasted malt.
Taste: Sweet with mouth-filling smoke, grass and malt. Coffee, vanilla and hints of salty tang and fruits.
Finish: Smoky and lasting with oak.
- Oban Distillers Edition 2005/2019, finished in Montilla Fino casks, Oban 43% ABV
Aroma: Spicy, fruity and maritime with grapes and orange peel. In addition, light smoke.
Taste: Soft and strong with malt and fruits.
Finish: Malty and slightly sweet with oak and coffee.
- Talisker Distillers Edition 2009/2019, finished in Amoroso sherry casks, 45,8% ABV
Aroma: Pure and peppery-spicy with a raisin-like sweetness.
Taste: Smoky and slightly peppery with hints of heather, oak and ripe fruit. Sweet and oily.
Finish: Balanced, sweet and dry with cocoa, vanilla and smoke.