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Issue 121 - It's All in the Numbers

Whisky Magazine Issue 121
July 2014


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It's All in the Numbers

Where to find that elusive blend and single malt

Can you ever recall seeing a 13 year old whisky? I must confess I haven't but given that ‘triskaidekaphobia', fear of the number 13, still holds sway in the West, that's probably not that surprising. In China, however, it's the number four that gives locals the heebie jeebies whereas the number eight is considered super-lucky and worth shelling out to have as part of your telephone number or on your licence plate.

The number eight certainly appears in abundance on a new ultra-deluxe range of Johnnie Walker whiskies, which have just been released exclusively into Asian duty-free stores. The John Walker & Son Private Collection by Master Blender Jim Beveridge comprises 8,888 decanters of the 2014 Edition, which is a 46.8% ABV blend taken from 29 of Beveridge's private reserve casks, as well as tailor-made blends and experimental casks.

The resulting whisky is rich and complex and described as showcasing all the trademark smokiness of Johnnie Walker.

It was first unveiled at Singapore Changi airport in May priced at $925 (£440). To mark the launch Beveridge signed 10 bottles with lucky numbers: 1888, 2888, 3333, 4888, 5555, 5888, 6666, 6888 and 7888.

The Johnnie Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014 Edition is now available at other leading Asian airports. Further, small-batch Johnnie Walker & Son Private Collection releases are promised annually in the coming years.

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