Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Diageo has announced the US launch of the first bottling in its new Johnnie Walker Select Casks Series.

Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish (46% ABV) is a 10 Year Old blended Scotch whisky, and is the first in a series of limited edition wood-finished blends that will be released as part of the new series over the next few years.
Johnnie Walker Select Casks - Rye Cask Finish

With Cardhu single malt at the heart of the blend, Johnnie Walker'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 what is said to be a complex new whisky with rich layers of flavour starting with creamy vanilla notes and transitioning to a more spicy finish.

Commenting on the launch, Jim Beveridge, Master Blender at Johnnie Walker, said: "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 whisky is ever evolving and experimental in nature and I am pleased to present the first rye cask finished blended Scotch whisky. Johnnie Walker Select Casks is a unique style of Scotch that blends the flavour characteristics of bourbon and rye with some of the classic signature notes and smoothness of Johnnie Walker."

Johnnie Walker Select Cask – Rye Cask Finish, will be available from specialist retailers across the US later this month for a RRP of $45.00.

Posted by Steve Rush