Johnnie Walker’s team of master blenders have always been hard at work behind the scenes testing various combinations to create the best-tasting scotch whiskies. Now, with the newly launched Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch experimental whisky program, the veil has been lifted and scotch whisky fans will be able to enjoy these experimental batches at home.
“Experimentation is the key to innovation and has been at the heart of Johnnie Walker from the very beginning. Our founder John Walker’s first experiments were with flavors inspired by teas and spices from the new world. Walker’s first blends weren’t bound by the traditional styles of particular whisky producing regions in Scotland, but were experiments in flavor using casks from all over the country and later the world. What we’re doing today is what we’ve done for nearly 200 years and we are thrilled to be opening our doors, allowing people to experience the vast array of flavor experiments happening every day,” – Master Blender Jim Beveridge.
If you’re in the US (like me), the first blend we get to look forward to trying is Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain American Oak. This blend was inspired by Beveridge’s time working in Kentucky blending bourbon and rye. Aged for at least 10 years in American oak, including bourbon casks, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain American Oak is crafted using five whiskies including grain from the now closed Port Dundas distillery and malt from Mortlach on Speyside. Because of its unique combination, expect this whisky to be smooth, with notes of sweet fruit and a gentle spice.
Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain American Oak will be available nationwide with suggested retail price of $29.99 (750ml) until supplies last. Additional announcements for the US program will be made in the near future. In the meantime visit Johnnie Walker online to learn more about their portfolio.