Prima & Ultima Third Release
A Moment In Time
Prima & Ultima, a series of unique whiskies, the first or last of their kind, returns this year for its third instalment. Representing the almost lost, the historic, and the one-off, this year’s collection of eight rare and exceptional whiskies join the illustrious sixteen from previous editions, adding new stories into this growing narrative of Scotland’s rich liquid history.
Diageo Master Blender Dr Craig Wilson takes up the baton, following Master of Malts Maureen Robinson, and the inaugural selection made by celebrated master blender Dr Jim Beveridge OBE.
Dr Wilson’s reputation precedes him – he is well-known in the Scotch whisky industry for his attention to detail and his passion for unearthing remarkable whiskies and is no stranger to the realm of the peerless when it comes to whisky. He has applied his years of experience to restoring the Brora spirit and to creating new releases from Port Ellen; both distilleries are represented in this year’s collection.
The Port Ellen 1980 is the oldest ever to be released from this distillery, taken from two casks filled the year the Queen visited the maltings, and the last of 1980. They matured exclusively on Islay, overlaying the whisky with notes of brine and seaweed. Meanwhile the Brora 1981 is considered the rarest publicly available whisky from the distillery, and it shows a more fragrant, less peated side to the classic style.
The last Talisker casks from 1984 bring another maritime note to the collection, while two exploratory whiskies – a Royal Lochnagar from 1981, the result of an experiment to capture the angels’ share, and a Mannochmore from 1990 exposed to an unusual maturation process – capture the spirit of innovation.
The oldest whisky in this year’s selection comes from the oldest casks of Cragganmore in the reserves, while a 28 year old Lagavulin 1993 celebrates the beginning of a golden era of awards for the celebrated Islay distillery.
The Singleton of Glen Ord finishes the line up with a dual claim to the Prima & Ultima title, being the first ever 1987 vintage release, taken from the last remaining casks of 1987.
Due to their rarity, there are only 317 sets available for purchase, through Prima & Ultima agents at a recommended price of £36,500. Each set includes a 20ml tasting sample alongside the full vintage bottlings. For the first time, a selection of individual bottles are also available to purchase offering the opportunity for enthusiasts, connoisseurs and collectors to experience whiskies that will never be made again.
To continue the Prima & Ultima journey, those interested in purchasing can register their interest between June 6 and June 30, 2022.
The Full Collection
Discover the birthplace that nurtured the rare and exceptional whiskies within the Prima & Ultima collection and experience the portfolio of intimate and personal experiences available to enjoy by a select few within the distilleries. Meet the craftspeople behind the distilleries, soak up the unique Scottish environment and enjoy a personalised tasting experience, including: