Diageo Reserve has launched the first in a series of special releases for Johnnie Walker that are made with irreplaceable whiskies from lost, or “ghost”, distilleries.
The first is Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare which is a blend of eight scotch whiskies, including three from the silent distilleries of Cambus, Pittyvaich and Brora.
Each edition will be crafted with one incredible whisky at its heart. For the first, it is Highland single malt Brora which lies at the heart of the blend, bringing a light peatiness and sophisticated subtle sweetness.
The other five whiskies are rare expressions of malt and grains from the existing distilleries of Royal Lochnagar, Clynelish, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie and Cameronbridge.
The result is described as a smooth scotch, with the fruity sweetness of pineapple, rich notes of hazelnut and dark chocolate, and a subtle smoky finish.
At 46% ABV, each 70cl bottle is individually numbered. It has a recommended price in retail of £220.
Johnnie Walker master distiller Jim Beveridge, who selected the whiskies for the new blend, said: “Over the years of crafting fine scotch whiskies, I’ve had the remarkable privilege of working with some of the rarest spirits ever to come out of Scotland.
“I’m lucky that we have stocks from more than 30 distilleries from every region of Scotland from which to choose the perfect casks to craft each blend. It gives us a richness of character, flavour and age that no other scotch can match.
“Whiskies from these ghost distilleries are becoming increasingly rare. From our library of irreplaceable casks that we keep exclusively for Johnnie Walker Blue Label, I’ve chosen a few uniquely full-bodied expressions of these precious malts and grains to let people explore, in a new way, the extraordinary richness found in our pinnacle whisky.”