Tradition has it that wine is gifted at Christmas but whisky’s smokiness and rich character — often bolstered with nutty notes, candied fruits, and spices — makes it perfect for cosy festive feasts. For the discerning drinker in your life, an established and rare masterpiece like the Johnnie Walker Blue Label will make a lasting impression.
The crown jewel of Johnnie Walker takes inspiration from the storied Old Highland Whisky, a blend created by Alexander Walker in 1867 as a tribute to the four corners of Scotland. Likewise, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an exquisite blend of some of the country’s finest and rarest drams from the Speyside and Highland distilleries. Only one in 10,000 well-aged, rare whiskies make the grade.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label boasts a distinctive flavour profile marked by a rich smokiness. Its nose is mellow and rounded, with a velvety mouthfeel that gives way to notes of vanilla, honey and rose petals. More sips reveal subtle waves of hazelnut, sherry, and dark chocolate and signs off with a lingering smoky finish derived from Islay malts. Given its exceptional character, we can’t think of a better gift for the whisky connoisseur dear to you — especially as it has been dressed up for the holidays in three iterations.
The Johnnie Walker Limited Edition Gift Pack spotlights an artistic collaboration with young Irish designer Richard Malone, who is lauded for his sculptural aesthetics and love for playful colour palettes. A perfect gift for collectors, the gift pack comes with two crystal tumblers, and a customisable card.
Another highlight of its festive lineup is the third edition of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series featuring the Glenury Royal, which blends ‘ghost’ whiskies from iconic distilleries that have since closed. The whisky keeps the spirit of the Glenury Royal alive. It once enjoyed great repute as one of the only three Scottish distilleries to earn royal status. Unfortunately, it suffered devastation in a fire, and closed in 1985.
The blend is crafted by Master Blender Jim Beveridge along with his team, who used specially selected and covetable ‘ghost’ whiskies from Cambus and Pittyvaich, both of which boast creamy toffee and butterscotch notes. Other rare malts include Glen Elgin, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Cameronbridge and Glenkinchie that weave in smooth layers of dark chocolate, vanilla, honey and leather. Whisky from the Glenury Royal adds sumptuous fruity notes.
A legend in its own right, Johnnie Walker Blue Label makes for a thoughtful gift for any whisky enthusiast with its incomparable character and remarkable heritage. As Johnnie Walker says, it certainly is ‘an extraordinary whisky for extraordinary occasions’.
Enjoy Johnnie Walker responsibly.