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Issue 150 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 150

World's best 2018 - Rosebank - Music - Lot 40 - Royal Drams

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Latest Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch released

Diageo Global Travel has announced the release of Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Sherry Cask Finish, the latest addition to its Blenders' Batch series.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is the seventh release from this series and the first experiment to launch exclusively in travel retail.

Johnnie Walker Black Label is produced with an element of sherry cask maturation. Drawing inspiration from this, the new Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whisky has been matured in sherry casks.

Sherry Cask Finish has been created with whiskies from distilleries including Blair Athol, Cardhu and Strathmill.

Aimée Gibson, whisky maker says: “Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies are the result of bold experiments that push the boundaries in flavour. Taking inspiration from the element of sherry cask maturation in Johnnie Walker Black Label, I was intrigued by the rich and fruity element it brought to the blend. It inspired me to experiment with the sherry cask finish to awaken more of these fruity notes and to add a unique flavour dynamic.”

She adds: “The outcome has been extraordinary; Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sherry Cask Finish is a sweet and rich whisky. It’s the perfect introduction for those who are new to Scotch whisky, but will also excite seasoned whisky lovers.”

Commenting on the travel retail exclusivity, Dayalan Nayager, managing director of Diageo Global Travel says: “This is a special launch for Diageo Global Travel because it’s exclusive to our customers. You won’t get your hands on this whisky anywhere else, making it the perfect purchase for travellers who want to gift something truly special.

“Travellers are looking for brands that have discovery, authenticity, craftsmanship and real human stories behind them, and there is none better than Johnnie Walker. We are excited to offer a glimpse into the constantly shifting world of flavour exploration from the biggest spirits brand in the channel.”

The limited edition Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish is available now in selected travel retail outlets globally, retailing at £26.50 / $44 RRSP for a 1 litre bottle.
Thu 22 Feb 2018

Arbikie Distillery bottles Scottish rye whisky

Arbikie Distillery has bottled a batch of one of its pot distilled Scottish Rye whiskies. Arbikie has been growing a variety of different ryes on its farms since 2014, while its distillers have been working on production techniques.

Arbikie has produced two versions of rye whisky. The first, a ‘Scottish Rye Whisky’ in line with The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009, consisting of over 51% Rye, Odyssey Malted Barley, both grown on its farms, plus Arbikie Estate water. The second, an American version in line with techniques typically used in North America.

Arbikie is building a reputation for innovation that director John Stirling is keen to continue: “As both farmers and distillers, Arbikie is in an almost unique position to be able to distil its family of spirits using the crops grown in the fields around our distillery. Producing our own whisky with full provenance and traceability has been a dream for us that we are now fulfilling. This is a key day in Arbikie Distillery’s history”.

355 bottles are being released with all proceeds going to the Euan Macdonald Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease.

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