Collectivum XXVIII (2017 Special Release)
Collectivum XXVIII // Scotland
Released in 2017 as part of Diageo's annual fall special release collection, this is the first blended malt release for the series which first began in 2001. The name refers to the 28 single malt distilleries--all active Diageo-owned-- which comprise the blend. The whisky was matured in a combination of refill American oak hogsheads, refill European oak butts, ex-bodega European oak, and first-fill bourbon American oak barrels. Bottled at 57.3% ABV, availability will be limited worldwide.
Blended MaltComprised of malted whisk(e)y from two or more distilleries; aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typecombination of refill American oak hogsheads, refill European oak butts, ex-bodega European oak, and first-fill bourbon
"The nose is rich, with a sherried nuttiness, malted chocolate, and orange peels, as well as candied fruits and spice, and in the background, an herbal side with hay. A silky palate offers milk chocolate contrasted with dry oak and cedar wood, spice, and quick flashes of flavors showing its broad range of components: cinnamon, citrus, nuts, spearmint. On the finish, sweeter chocolate gives way to bitter dark chocolate, with more citrus and spice, black pepper, and with water, a buttery quality."