Johnnie Walker has announced the latest entry in their Blenders’ Batch series, which celebrates the blenders behind the spirit while highlighting modern Scotch innovations.
The newest limited-edition entry is Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend.
This whisky is influenced by experimentation of maturation in wine casks, a project set in motion by Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge nearly a decade ago. In 2015, Aimee Gibson, a member of the Johnnie Walker blending team, took over the project and guided it to the finish.
This blend includes some whiskies matured in wine casks. It is crafted with malt whiskies from the Highland such as Clynelish, and some from Speyside such as Roseilse. It also includes creamy grain whiskies, such as those from Cameronbridge. The result is a light whisky with notes of orchard fruit and red berries, the company reports.
“With these new whiskies we wanted to make blends that can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, and especially by those who might previously have thought that whisky isn’t for them,” Gibson says.
Like other whiskies in the Blenders’ Batch series, Wine Cask Blend is designed with bartenders in mind. It is ideally mixed in classic whisky cocktails, or enjoyed with ginger ale over ice.
Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend will be available nationwide in September with
a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 7500-ml. bottle.