Drinks giant Diageo is hoping consumers will splash out this Christmas on its latest release of limited edition malt whiskies.
The ten new bottlings in the Classic Malts Selection range in age from 12 to 36 years and are stocked at specialist dealers and larger wine merchants, including Majestic Wines, Oddbins, Selfridges and Harrods.
The five malts from closed distilleries include the 30-year-old Brora (rsp: £175), a 25-year-old from Port Ellen distillery (rsp: £120) and the rarely seen Speyside malt Convalmore, aged in European oak and sold at 28 years old for £95.
The most expensive malt in the release, at £495 a bottle, is the 36-year-old Glenury Royal, from a distillery that closed 20 years ago.
Malts from active distilleries include 25-year-old expressions of Talisker and Caol Ila, and a 12-year-old Lagavulin.
The oldest malt from a distillery that is still working is a 30-year-old Glen Ord, which is priced at £150.
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