A Whisky Fit for Kings, JOHNNIE WALKER Releases JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE ROYAL ROUTE

FINAL RELEASE COMPLETES THE TRADE ROUTES SERIES, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY TO TRAVELLERS

Today JOHNNIE WALKER, the world’s leading Scotch Whisky brand, unveiled the (final and) jewel in the crown of its new and exclusive range, the JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE ROYAL ROUTE.

Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection - The Royal Route

Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection – The Royal Route

Exclusively available to adventure seekers who adopt the exploratory ethos of the John Walker & Sons agents, this luxury blend completes the first Series of the collection – the Trade Routes Series. From the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world, JOHNNIE WALKER has always pushed boundaries to discover new horizons. From 1820, the Walker family and their agents travelled the world, navigating their way down the famous trade routes: the spice road of Europe and Asia; the royal route from Europe to Persia; and the gold route of the Americas and the Caribbean, in pursuit of adventures bringing both new business and rich experiences. Their efforts ensured that, by the 1920s, JOHNNIE WALKER had arrived in 120 countries and was being enjoyed on the great railways, luxury ocean liners and early transatlantic flights. Meanwhile, the striking image of the JOHNNIE WALKER Striding Man was becoming an icon all over the world.

Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection - The Royal Route bottle

Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection – The Royal Route bottle

Back in London, close to the shipping houses and docks from which the JOHNNIE WALKER agents travelled the world, Alexander Walker established the Travellers’ Room where his agents would convene to rest, talk strategy and exchange stories and samples from their travels. These colorful tales of exploration influenced the JOHNNIE WALKER Master Blenders, who began to create different styles of whisky to reflect these exotic stories. Today, this tradition continues as JOHNNIE WALKER produces the JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION, a range of whiskies made exclusively for travelers. The three variants in the collection collectively known as the Trade Routes Series are inspired by the richness that could be found along the great trade routes. The three blends in the Trade Routes Series are inspired by the richness of cultures, sights and experiences that they found along these great trade paths and which inspired our master blenders for generations.

JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE ROYAL ROUTE is the culmination of the Trade Route Series, which began with the first release, JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE SPICE ROAD(TM), in December 2012, launched to critical acclaim. It is an evocative expression of the vibrancy, aromas and spices that the JOHNNIE WALKER agents would have discovered in the thriving markets around Asia. The second release, JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE GOLD ROUTE(TM), was launched in March and brings to life Master Blender’s expression of the exotic fruit flavors and rich golden colors of Latin America.

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JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE ROYAL ROUTE is inspired by the majestic history and the sights of the royal trading route, famed for bringing the luxuries of the world to the hands of Kings. The travellers’ tales of the legendary journeys that took place on this road, the precious silks, Persian ornaments, diamonds and pearls that were traded along it, inspired today’s Master Blender to create the most opulent variant in the series.

Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection - The Royal Route is the jewel in the crown of the Trade Route Series.

Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection – The Royal Route is the jewel in the crown of the Trade Route Series.

Full of rich, intense flavors, it is a whisky fit for kings and those who want to be kings and queens. Blended harmoniously and carefully refined, the dark amber-hued whisky is sourced from the finest hand selected oak casks from the exclusive reserve cellars of JOHNNIE WALKER.

We sought out only the very finest, beautifully balanced blends that have deep evocative flavors and a character to match,” thCAYZBM30commented Master Blender Jim Beveridge. He added: “On the nose, there is a vast array of rich fruity flavors including apple, pear, fig and peach. Reflective of the beauty, rarity and exotic nature of the luxury goods that were exchanged on the royal trade route, it has an intense and complex flavour with notes of dried fruit and toffee, handsomely balanced with a subtle woody sweetness and a lingering wispy aromatic smoke. THE ROYAL ROUTE delivers far more depth of character, with richer, multiple layers on the palate.”

Steve White, Marketing Director of Diageo Global Travel and Middle East, said: “The JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE ROYAL ROUTE is indeed fit for kings. It is the pinnacle and culmination of the Series and with it we are celebrating the richness of travel and exploration today. It is exclusively available in duty free outlets around the world and we are confident that as a trusted companion to adventure, it will inspire new and bold journeys in today’s world travelers.”

With a recommended retail price of $159 for a 1litre bottle, JOHNNIE WALKER EXPLORERS’ CLUB COLLECTION – THE ROYAL ROUTE is exclusively available to travelers in duty free stores around the globe.

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