Johnnie Walker Blue Label 75cl in the 2019 Year of The Pig (Chinese New Year) Limited Edition Design is nothing short of legendary. A highly limited and collectable release, each bottle is individually numbered, making this the ultimate gift to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year. Inspired by Alexander Walker’s 1867 Old Highland Whisky, it has become one of the most iconic spirits in the world. Renowned for its balance, smoothness and expert blending, it’s crafted using some of the rarest casks from Speyside and Highland distilleries such as Cardhu, Clynelish, Benrinnes and others that are no longer in service, plus a splash or two from Islay for that signature bonfire smoke.
Pouring a generous measure into a heavy-based crystal tumbler, Harvey Nichols discovered cigar smoke, rose-scented baklava, vanilla pods, runny honey, pencil shavings, apple pie, praline, marmalade, milk chocolate caramels, banoffee, dry Christmas spices and a raisiny quality reminiscent of Madeira. It’s impossible to disagree with Whisky Advocate’s assessment.
The Johnnie Walker story starts as you might expect with John Walker, who opened a grocer’s shop in Kilmarnock. A lover of whisky, he began by blending together the single malts that he stocked. Although the brand that bears his name has the tagline “Keep Walking”, it has done much more than that. It has marched through history blazing a trail for Blended Scotch like no other.
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