Johnnie Walker creates 50-year-aged Masters’ Edition whisky
By Martin White - Oct 22nd 2018, 08:52
Johnnie Walker has created a limited-edition, 50-year-aged, triple-matured scotch whisky called the Johnnie Walker Masters’ Edition.
Only 100 bottles of the whisky have been created, and the whisky has been blended from six ”exceptionally rare” whiskies, all of which have been aged for a minimum of 50 years.
Five of the whiskies used for the drink have been sourced from distilleries which are now closed, such as the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries.
The 43.3% ABV drink features notes of blackcurrants, citrus, dark chocolate and menthol with a subtle smokiness, and is packaged in an individually numbered black crystal Baccarat decanter.
Johnnie Walker global brand director John Williams said: “Fifty-year-old whiskies are very rare. Whiskies of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavour and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result."
“That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”
Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge added: “Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves."
“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognised that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge."
“Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.”
The John Walker Masters’ Edition is available from selected markets with a suggested retail price of $25,000.FoodBev
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