For the first time ever, iconic blenders Johnnie Walker is releasing a 50-year-old whisky: John Walker Master’s Edition. The whisky is a triple-matured Scotch crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskies—five of the distilleries used to make those whiskies are no longer in business—and then aged 50 years. The whiskies are old enough that they were in existence when John Walker (1805-1857) was still alive. With such rare whiskies being used, it should be no surprise that only 100 bottles are being released.
The single malt whiskies used in the blend come from the oldest stocks of the now closed Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries. The Blair Athol distillery, which still stands at the gateways of the Scottish highlands, contributed the third. The final three whiskies were grain whiskies from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus, and Port Dundas.
“About 20 years ago,” states Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge, “Johnnie Walker blenders recognized that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.”
Now who can argue with that?