Johnnie Walker has released the latest addition to its series of experimental whiskies, with Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge delving deep into his 40 years of experience producing blends to bring a unique product to spirits drinkers worldwide.
Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish has been drawn from over 200 whisky samples, aged in first-fill bourbon casks and finished for up to six months in former rye casks.
Featuring whiskies from just five distilleries including Dufftown and the now closed Port Dundas, it’s described by brand owner Diageo as “a rich and warming Scotch whisky with an intense honeyed sweetness”. The finished article is inspired by the time Dr Beveridge spent blending bourbons and ryes in Kentucky in the 1990s, and it offers a “warming vanilla spiciness usually associated with the iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label”.
The new drop is available in selected travel retail shops and a limited number of other markets around the world, priced at $52.50/£32.00 RRSP for a 1L bottle.
And the brand’s expert blenders have certainly been creative of late. The Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch portfolio is a series of limited-edition Scotch whiskies created as a result of hundreds of ongoing flavour experiments carried out by the team in Scotland.
“It’s the best of Scotch but with an exciting twist inspired by the best of traditional American whiskey flavours”
Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish is the second Blenders’ Batch product to hit the market, following on from the success of the Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish. “It’s the best of Scotch but with an exciting twist inspired by the best of traditional American whiskey flavours,” according to Dr Beveridge.
Diageo Global Travel Managing Director Dayalan Nayager said: “Travellers are looking for brands that have discovery, authenticity, craftsmanship and real human stories behind them.
“Johnnie Walker has a truly unique story to tell and with the latest innovation in the Blenders’ Batch series, we are excited to offer our customers and consumers a glimpse into the constantly shifting world of flavour exploration from the biggest spirits brand in the channel.”