Manager's Dram

Managers Dram Whisky Collection

The Manager's Dram - United Distillers 1988-2001 - Diageo 2002-2018

The Manager’s Dram whisky series was first released over 30 years ago in 1998 by United Distillers and has since remained a very controversial success. Diageo took over the series in 2002 and have continued to release one bottle annually.

These whiskies were produced for and limited to purchase by members of staff and never sold to the general public - this combination created a deadly influence on collectors from day one. Not to mention the fact that these were bottled at natural cask strength and therefore appealed even more to drinkers from around the World. From my point of view, this series pioneered marketing in the whisky industry and credit to the team who executed it perfectly.

This series is still ongoing and we always look forward to seeing which distillery they decide to release each year; especially when they haven’t released one from each of the distilleries in their portfolio (yet). The majority of the best whiskies in this series were produced under United Distillers. Most popular examples often include the Caol Ila 15-year-old, Glen Elgin 15-year-old, Aberfeldy 19-year-old & Oban Bicentenary to name but a few. Below we've put together a full list of all the releases from 1988 - 2018 in a chronicle order for perusal.

Managers Dram 1988 - 2018

Manager's Dram From 1988 - 2018
Distillery Age                 Year Released          Strength % Released Under Historical Auction Records (£)
Glen Elgin Distillery                    15 28.1.1988                                      60.2% United Distillers DETAILS »
Benrinnes Distillery 12 2.11.1988 63% United Distillers DETAILS »
Cardhu Distillery 15 19.7.1989 63% United Distillers DETAILS »
Glendullan Distillery 18 8.11.1989 64% United Distillers DETAILS »
Caol Ila Distillery 15 25.7.1990 63% United Distillers DETAILS »
Oban Distillery 13 17.11.1990 62% United Distillers DETAILS »
Ord Distillery 16 20.6.1991 66.2% United Distillers DETAILS »
Aberfeldy Distillery 19 10.10.1991 61.3% United Distillers DETAILS »
Cragganmore Distillery  17 25.11.1992 62% United Distillers DETAILS »
Glen Elgin Distillery 16 31.10.1993 60% United Distillers DETAILS »
Oban Distillery 16 July 1994 64% United Distillers DETAILS »
Oban Distillery 19 December 1995 59.8% United Distillers DETAILS »
Blair Athol Distillery 15 December 1996 59.4% United Distillers DETAILS »
Mannochmore Distillery 18 12.10.1997 66.0% United Distillers DETAILS »
Clynelish Distillery 17 23.11.1998 61.8% United Distillers DETAILS »
Linkwood Distillery 12 1.12.1999 59.5% United Distillers DETAILS »
Dailuaine Distillery 17 20.11.2000 59.5% United Distillers DETAILS »
Teaninich Distillery 16 3.9.2001 58.3% United Distillers DETAILS »
Mortlach Distillery 19 6.12.2002 55.8% Diageo DETAILS »
Strathmill Distillery 15 December 2003 53.5% Diageo DETAILS »
Glenlossie Distillery 12 November 2004 55.5% Diageo DETAILS »
Diageo's 27 Malt & 2 Grain Distilleries December 2005 45% Diageo DETAILS »
Royal Lochnagar Distillery 10 January 2006 57.2% Diageo DETAILS »
Inchgower Distillery 13 June 2007 58.9% Diageo DETAILS »
Glen Spey Distillery 12 August 2008 53.5% Diageo DETAILS »
Dalwhinnie Distillery 12 October 2009 57.5% Diageo DETAILS »
Glenkinchie Distillery 15 November 2010 60.1% Diageo DETAILS »
Talisker Distillery 17 2011 55.2% Diageo DETAILS »
Knockando Distillery 12 September 2012 59% Diageo DETAILS »
Lagavulin Distillery 11 December 2013 57.1% Diageo DETAILS »
Dufftown Distillery 14 November 2014 56.2% Diageo DETAILS »
Auchroisk Distillery 16 December 2015 55.6% Diageo DETAILS »
Singleton Of Glen Ord Distillery 16 December 2016 62% Diageo DETAILS »
Mannochmore Distillery 10 October 2018 58% Diageo N/A