The pinnacle of the whisky lover’s calendar, this year the collection reaches into the realms of augmented reality to share the untold stories of distilleries in new and unique ways.
According to ancient fables, otherworldly beings have fiercely protected the heartlands of remote Scottish distilleries for an eternity.
This autumn, the mythical creatures of the distilleries are set come to life, revealing their true characters. Drawn from some of Scotland’s most interesting, legendary distilleries, this year’s 2021 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection nods to the hidden gems that can be found in each corner of the Scottish terrain, amongst the lochs and rugged highlands.
The one-of-a-kind Legends Untold collection highlights the diversity of some of the most treasured whisky reserves maturing in Scotland. For the first time, the design will feature bold, heavily detailed illustrations and design work from renowned digital illustrator Ken Taylor.
His striking signature style and interpretation of mythical creatures takes cues from his portfolio of pop culture artwork. Master blender Dr Craig Wilson hand-selected each of the whiskies to create the Legends Untold collection.
“We have delved into the core characteristics of several classic distilleries for the Legends Untold collection,” Wilson said.
“Taking inspiration from this year’s mythical creatures, we have revealed new depths of flavour and embraced the essence of each whisky’s unique profile, unveiling the legend it brings to life.
“The 2021 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection is just the very beginning of the story.”
Activated through a QR code found on the bottle, the legends are unlocked and a multi-sensory experience begins with a narration of the cask-strength Single Malts’ tale.
Whisky fans are then guided through a mixed reality tasting experience, designed to captivate their senses, all from the comfort of their own homes.
The 2021 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection includes the darkly robust and rich Mortlach 13-year-old from the Speyside Dufftown distillery; A briny, bold fire-breathing sea-monster of a malt with smoky undertones in the Talisker 8-year old; A rare Highland expression of the Royal Lochnagar with a nimble springtime freshness.
There are two unique and enchanting expressions of the Lagavulin, including The King of Islay: A fiercely intense, yet perfectly balanced sweet and salty 12-year-old and, the jewel in the crown, a 26-year-old, finished in first-fill Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso casks.
The 2021 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection will be available in limited quantities from all great independent bottle shops: Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Vintage Cellars, Costco and Boozebud.