Johnnie Walker, Private Collection, Limited Edition, 2016 Release, NV

  Johnnie Walker

£503.06 for 1x70cl
4 btls
 
Johnnie Walker, Private Collection, Limited Edition, 2016 Release

The 2016 Edition is crafted from exceedingly rare Single Grain Scotch Whiskies and a refined Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, balanced in blend of golden, honey character with harmonious complexity and extraordinarily soft texture.

Dr Jim Beveridge, Master Blender, commented: “The 2016 Edition, a blend of Fine Honeyed Notes, is a glimpse of the elusive, delicate art of balancing aromatic layers of honey sweetness and soft, gentle fruit distillery notes. It also highlights the splendour and radiance that grain whiskies bring to John Walker & Sons Blended Scotch Whiskies.”

This is the most complex edition to date in its making, blended with whiskies drawn from over 100 casks due to the many subtle variations required in flavour styles and effects, and the precious little remaining after the lost ‘Angels’ Share’ from years of maturation.

The blenders had the luxury of selecting, one by one, rare casks of Single Grain Scotch Whisky, including from five Johnnie Walker distilleries (four now silent and therefore irreplaceable – Caledonian, Cambus, Carsebridge and Port Dundas). These were gathered into two styles - woody, vanilla fudge notes, and sweeter, estery, honey notes – and laid down in casks for several months of marrying to ensure seamless integration of flavours and smoothness in the final blend.

Contains Sulphites.

About Johnnie Walker

Known amongst blended whisky lovers as one of the top premium Scotch blends, Johnnie Walker is a brand which needs little introduction.

The company started out life in the 19th century, when John “Johnnie” Walker began selling whisky from his grocery shop in Ayrshire, Scotland. His blends were very popular at the time, but it wasn’t until his death in 1857, when the company was inherited by Alexander Walker, that the brand really took off. Alexander, with his son Alexander Walker II, firmly established the business and began marketing Walker’s Old Highland - a blended Scotch whisky - in 1865. Five years later, their whisky was sold in the distinctive rectangular bottles for the first time.

Over the course of the early 1900s, John Walker’s grandsons, Alexander Walker II and George Walker, established the colour-based naming system. It was in 1908 that the Johnnie Walker name was first put on bottles, after the Managing Director, James Stevenson, rebranded the range. It was around this time that the iconic walking man logo was conceived.

The brand’s most illustrious blend is, of course, the Blue Label. Made with a variety of extremely well-aged malts, the overriding flavour is one of toffee and barley, with hints of peat smoke adding lovely complexity.