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John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend
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The limited-edition Celebratory Blend from Johnnie Walker was created in 2020 in honour of the brand's 200th anniversary, taking inspiration from John Walker & Sons’ Old Highland Whisky which was first sold back in the 1860s. This was the whisky that launched the brand to great heights, and it was also the first expression to be housed in the hallmark square bottle with the label slanted at precisely 24°!
Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge OBE delved into the archives for this one, as the blend features whiskies from distilleries that were in production at that time (though the exact blend in this release remains a mystery) – he even took a look through the stocktaking books from John Walker’s shop for flavour inspiration. It’s also bottled at 51% ABV as that was the strength that whiskies were sold at from the 1860s to 1890s. The aim was to create a flavour profile as close as possible to what you may have found in the old shop in the 1800s.
Baking spices galore, with vanilla pod, a gentle waft of peat smoke, apricot jam, marzipan, and runny honey.
Digestive biscuits, brown sugar, and vibrant tropical fruit, leading into drier baking spices and roasted coffee beans.
Subtle smoke returns, along with gingerbread and dusty cocoa.