Friday, December 01, 2017


Diageo has announced the launch of the first bottling in a new series of limited edition, Johnnie Walker Blue Label expressions.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare (46% ABV) has been blended using whiskies from "ghost" distilleries that have long since closed, along with a selection of other rare Scotch malt and grain whiskies.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare

Each bottling in the new limited-edition extension series of its premium Johnnie Walker Blue Label blended Scotch whisky range, will feature one incredible whisky at its heart, the first being Brora.

Crafted by Johnnie Walker Master Distiller, Jim Beveridge, Ghost and Rare is said to be a rich, velvety smooth blend of eight treasured Scotch whiskies, including three "ghost" whiskies from the silent distilleries of Cambus, Pittyvaich and the Highland single malt, Brora, which lies at the heart of this special release bringing a light peatiness and sophisticated subtle sweetness.

The additional five whiskies are rare expressions of malt and grains from the existing distilleries of Royal Lochnagar, Clynelish, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie and Cameronbridge.

Commenting on the launch, Jim Beveridge, said: “Over the years of crafting fine Scotch whiskies, I've had the remarkable privilege of working with some of the rarest spirits ever to come out of Scotland. I'm lucky that we have stocks from more than 30 distilleries from every region of Scotland from which to choose the perfect casks to craft each blend. It gives us a richness of character, flavour and age that no other scotch can match.”

He went onto say: “Whiskies from these ghost distilleries are becoming increasingly rare. From our library of irreplaceable casks that we keep exclusively for Johnnie Walker Blue Label, I've chosen a few uniquely full-bodied expressions of these precious malts and grains to let people explore, in a new way, the extraordinary richness found in our pinnacle whisky.”

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £220.

Posted by Steve Rush