Collectivum XXVIII is the first ever blended malt whisky to be included in Diageo’s Special Release lineup. It was added as the tenth expression to the 2017 lineup and surprised a lot of enthusiasts.

During the announcement of this years lineup, Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach commented;

“The Special Releases range is always a highlight in our calendar year, it reflects the truly extraordinary range of stocks our blenders have available to them. The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply impeccable. We’re looking forward to sharing this year’s collection with the world and in particular keen to see the response to the new Collectivum XXVIII.”

The name Collectivum comes from the Latin word ‘collectīvus’  meaning ‘collected or gathered together’. XXVIII is the roman numerals for 28 which refers to the number of operational single malt distilleries currently owned by Diageo. This exclusive blend was crafted with using whiskies coming from all of these.

Collectivum XXVIII is a limited edition NAS (Non Age Statement) product that comes natural cask strength of 57.3% ABV. It is available from The Whisky Exchange website with a price tag of £150.

Collectivum XXVIII

Collectivum XXVIII Whisky Tasting Notes

Color: Light clear gold with sparkles… Almost like olive oil… 

Nose: Fairly complex nose but surprisingly balanced… Starts with a whiff of spicy aromas, strong cinnamon and nutmeg… slowly transforms into a more fruity and sweeter overall character… apples and pears with a fresh touch of citrus notes… transition continues… the fruitiness becomes more floral and herbal… sweet barley, oats and fresh oak… minty chocolate on the background…

Palate: Full bodied… Follows a similar pattern to the nose… Warm spices along with bitter nutty flavours, walnuts and almonds start the show over your tongue… After the spice attack, the sweet characters begin to appear… Fresh orange juice and lemonade… sugared barley and candied fruits… a faint amount of bitterness and dryness near the end…

Finish: Not a long aftertaste… tingling spiciness fade away leaving behind dry but sweet aftertaste…

Normally I find these ‘project’ bottles, crafted with whiskies of very different characters to be disappointing. (Check my Glenfiddich XX review as an example). It is not an easy job to blend malts that have very distinct flavour profiles – like Clynelish, Mortlach, Lagavulin and etc. – but in this case, it looks like a job well done The overall feel is more Speyside / Highland style and the Islay effect is minimal. Pricing will probably be a major concern for a lot of enthusiasts but other than that I really liked this one…

Slainte…

Collectivum XXVIII Whisky Review
Overall Score90%
90%Overall Score

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