Johnnie Walker has announced the launch of its John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2017 Edition ‘Mastery of Oak’, the first bottle in the series to celebrate the full richness that a cask’s character brings to blended scotch whiskies. Master Blender Jim Beveridge handpicked a number of exceptional malt and grain whiskies from American oak casks, refill casks and experimental casks. Each unique blend was chosen for its mastery of oak and maturation, and each vatting added to the complexity of the final blend. The result is a sumptuous whisky with a rich abundance of oak and fruit notes.
Nose: Toffee and vanilla notes hint at the complex sweetness from the variety of American oak casks, and mingle with aromas of ripe orchard fruits.
Palate: creamy, spice notes. Mature Highland and Speyside fruit character emerges as blackcurrants and berries, soft peach skin and stewed apples, all mellowed by the oak. A trace of crisp, green apples, a memory of the young distillery character preserved through refill casks, lifts the blend, and the European oak cask effect appears as a touch of leather. Deep, rich vanilla sweetness from the experimental American oak casks on the finish.
Serve: Neat, or with a few drops of ice cold water to reveal the subtleties of layer upon layer of flavour.
The John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2017 Edition is limited to just 5,588 individually numbered clear decanters worldwide. The 2017 Edition is now available at select liquor stores for $995.