Johnnie Walker has released its first oldest whisky to date, a 50-year-old Scotch whisky, The John Walker Masters’ Edition going for Ksh 2,532,684.29. The new drink is a blend of whiskies drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker.
The John Walker Masters’ Edition is a triple matured Scotch whisky, crafted from six rare whiskies, each aged for a minimum of 50 years. The whisky is packaged in a black Baccarat crystal decanter within a bespoke cabinet by NEJ Stevenson, cabinet maker to the Queen.
“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.” said John Williams, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director.
The six rare whiskies are drawn from some of the oldest distilleries that were operational during John Walker’s lifetime (1805-1857), five of which are now silent. They include the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which shut down in 1983 and 1985 – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery. The three-grain whiskies used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.
The expression is described as having notes of blackcurrants, citrus and dark chocolate, with a subtle smokiness.
Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge said, “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.” said Johnnie Walker master blender, Jim Beverdge, “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.”
Just 100 decanters have been created, which will be available in limited selected markets. One bottle will be auctioned at Bonhams Hong Kong in 2019.