Half a century in the making, 100 bottles in existence
The John Walker Masters’ Edition is an elegant and triple-matured Scotch whiskey that has been crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskeys, each aged for a minimum of 50 years. The whiskeys in The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker (1805-1857).
The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskeys 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. The three-grain whiskeys used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.
The John Walker Masters’ Edition is a triple-matured Scotch whiskey. Finished in small batches in a bespoke marrying cask made of 100-year oak staves, its layers of flavor are revealed slowly on the palate, where luscious blackcurrants and citrus give way to rich, creamy dark chocolate and a long, gentle and warming finish with cooling menthol and a subtle smokiness.
Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams said: “Fifty-year-old whiskeys are very rare. Whiskeys of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavor 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.”
Only 100 bottles of The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been created. This exclusive Scotch whiskey takes its name from the masterly expertise in whiskey as well as presentation. A special release of The John Walker, it is presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, rare double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and comes housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.
Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whiskey has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskeys to be found in our reserves.
“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognized that these individual whiskeys 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. 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 a natural cask strength ABV of 43.3% and an RRP of $25,000 (US). It is available in limited, selected markets and one bottle will be auctioned at Bonhams, Hong Kong in 2019.