Holiday Entertaining 2015: Johnnie Walker® Scotch Whiskey Introduces Johnnie Walker(TM) Select Casks Series with the Rye Cask Finish

For nearly 200 years, the driving force behind the world’s leading Scotch whiskey brand, Johnnie Walker, has been its pioneering and innovative spirit. Johnnie Walker is the world’s number-one selling Scotch whiskey brand, representing the many people who enjoy it in more than 180 countries worldwide. John Walker pioneered blending when he founded the business in 1820 and never looked back, growing it from a grocer’s own Scotch whiskey into a stylish, global icon. It’s that same forward-looking perspective that drives the brand, and its consumers, today. The U.S. range of award-winning whiskies includes Johnnie Walker® Red Label®, Johnnie Walker® Black Label®, Johnnie Walker Double Black®, Johnnie Walker® Gold Label Reserve®, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label® and Johnnie Walker® Blue Label®.

Johnnie Walker Keep Walking (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

Johnnie Walker Keep Walking (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

Today, the Johnnie Walker brand continually strives to create new blends of the highest quality. It is in this tradition that Johnnie Walker will introduce its newest Scotch whiskey: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish, a 10-year-old, 46%-ABV (92 U.S. proof), chill-filtered blended Scotch whiskey. This will be the first in a series of limited edition wood-finished Scotch blends that will be released over the coming years. Each will feature a different wood finish crafted for today’s whiskey enthusiast.

Johnnie Walker Select Casks - Rye Cask Finish (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

Johnnie Walker Select Casks—Rye Cask Finish is a Scotch whiskey blend that showcases the best of Scottish blender’s Master Blender Jim Beveridge used whiskies matured for at least ten years in first-fill American Oak casks. He finished the Scotch in ex-rye whiskey casks, creating a complex new whiskey with rich layers of flavor starting with creamy vanilla notes and transitioning to a more spicy finish.

From the early days when John Walker first blended whiskies in 1820 to the unique blends created today, Johnnie Walker has always thrived on experimentation. I believe that whiskey is ever evolving and experimental in nature and I am pleased to present the first rye cask finished blended Scotch whiskey,” said Beveridge. “Johnnie Walker Select Casks is a unique style of Scotch that blends the flavor characteristics of bourbon and rye with some of the classic signature notes and smoothness of Johnnie Walker.

The Master Blender crafted this distinguished blend to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in classic cocktails such as the Manhattan or Old Fashioned. It is bottled at 92 proof, a higher proof than the other marques in the Johnnie Walker portfolio, in order to provide a more distinctive character when used in traditional cocktails. However, it remains chill-filtered in order to maintain Johnnie Walker’s classic texture and mouth-feel.

The suggested retail price of the limited edition Johnnie Walker Select Cask – Rye Cask Finish is $45 (750ml) and will be available from October 2015 in fine wine and spirit stores and bars across the US.