Johnnie Walker — now owned by Diageo has launched its first 50-year-old Scotch whisky, The John Walker Masters’ Edition.
The new product was released earlier this week and features whiskies drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker.
According to a statement by Diageo, this is the first time the brand has released a 50-year-old Scotch whisky and only 100 bottles of this unique liquid has been created.
In the statement, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams says: “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,” he says.
The company also confirmed The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskies drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.
Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge also says in the statement that 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 their 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," says Beneridge.
He adds: "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 has been bottled at 43.3% ABV and is available in selected markets worldwide.