Johnnie Walker immediately broadcasts the launch of a particular version Blue Label to commemorate its 200th anniversary. Legendary Eight is a chic blended scotch set to retail at $350 per bottle when it arrives on American cabinets in late fall 2020. The 87.6-proof providing is a tad stronger than its flagship counterpart and is comprised completely of liquids sourced from distilleries that existed in 1820.
The identify of the brand new launch refers back to the eight iconic producers woven into its remaining composition. Precious inventory from the shuttered amenities of Brora, Cambus, Port Dundas and Carsebridge has been mingled with matured spirit born from the energetic stills at Oban, Blair Athol, Lagavulin and Teaninich. The ensuing liquid owns a lush, brown-sugar sweetness, tempered barely with stewed apples and cocoa powder on the mid-palate. Before it goes down, the slight-yet-unmistakable presence of Islay smoke characterizes a persistent end—dimming within the presence of recent cracked pepper.
Johnnie Walker is the top-selling model of blended scotch whisky on the planet. Each yr it sells over 223 million bottles throughout the globe. As against single malt, which comes from a solitary location, blends are a mixture of malt and grain whisky derived from many producers. As such, there is no such thing as a precise Johnnie Walker distillery. It takes its identify as a substitute from its authentic blender who, in 1820, started promoting it out of his small grocery retailer in Kilmarnock, Scotland.
The softer grain spirit at its core typically marks blended whisky as easier-drinking than its bolder malt-based cousin. Johnnie Walker helped propel this fashion to worldwide notoriety, the place immediately the class accounts for simply over 80% of the general scotch marketshare.
Alongside the 200th Anniversary Legendary Eight, the Diageo-owned model is getting ready two different US releases to commemorate the event. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend is a $75 bottle highlighting the scotch types that might have usually been discovered at his grocery retailer throughout the mid-19th Century.
On the super-allocated facet, John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend will fetch $1000 a bottle. Utilizing exceedingly uncommon liquids from “ghost” distilleries—long-shuttered and cultishly revered producers—reminiscent of Port Ellen, Pittyvaich, and Cambus, that is the one new providing to put on an age assertion. All of the whisky within the luxurious mix is matured for at least 28 years.
“Each of these exclusive releases bring a fresh perspective to our 200th anniversary story and are the perfect way to celebrate this huge moment for Johnnie Walker,” in keeping with Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Master Blender. “It feels very apt to be announcing them this week to coincide with John Walker’s birthday.”
The man chargeable for what’s now the world’s best-selling scotch was born on July 25th, 1805. To add a fair timelier factor, immediately’s announcement arrives on National Scotch Day. Sadly you received’t get your likelihood to sip on these restricted version liquids till late October on the very earliest. Enthusiasts may have little drawback ready, nevertheless. The love of whisky invariably includes quite a lot of endurance.