Like you needed another excuse to reconnect with your old friend Johnnie Walker – right? With most of us now working remotely, or stuck at home in some form of self-isolation, you could be forgiven for not realising that it’s currently Chinese New Year. Time to party tiger. Those lucky (or brave) enough to get out amongst the action recently have no doubt soaked up the unique colour, culture and splendour that only Lunar New Year can bring. Whilst you might not get to partake and enjoy the spectacular fireworks, lion dancing and tasty cuisine this year, our friend Johnnie Walker hasn’t forgotten about you. The iconic blended whisky has unveiled not one, but three new limited-edition designer labels created by esteemed Asian artist Shan Jiang.
Much like Johnnie Walker’s rich and complex blends, Jiang is famous across the globe for his vibrant and sophisticated illustrations; making their unison a good cause for celebration. The unique artist’s mastery is now on JohnnieWalker Blue Label, JohnWalker & Sons King GeorgeV as well as JohnWalker & Sons XR 21-Year-Old.
Adorning the JohnnieWalker Blue Label is a majestic symbol of a golden winged tiger whilst the King GeorgeV features a stunning image of the Bai Ze, a mythical creature that symbolises virtuousness, nobility and protection from evil in Chinese folklore. Let’s face, after the year/s we’ve had, we all need that. Ancient history buffs and art lovers will also be in awe of the magnificent dragon and horse images decorating the XR 21 vintage, paying homage to the classic Chinese idiom: Master of Pen and Sword.
These special one-off bottles really are a collector’s item for art and whisky enthusiasts alike. In fact, they are so impressive that even Darryl Kerrigan would consider them too good for the pool room. What’s more, ladies and germs, they also make a pretty impressive Valentine’s Day gift for that scotch loving better half of yours. Yes lovers – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! The limited-edition JohnnieWalker designs are available at selected independent bottles shops, whisky specialists, Dan Murphy’s, Liquorland, Costco, Langtons, Boozebud and Amazon. So, pretty much everywhere good whisky is sold.
Oh, and, in the words of Darryl Kerrigan – “what are they askin’?” Well, it’s pretty good value, in fact. We reckon Darryl would think so, anyway. The JohnnieWalker Blue Label retails at AUD$289, JohnWalker & Sons King GeorgeV at AUD$225 whilst the JohnWalker & Sons XR 21 prices from AUD$685.
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