Diageo has announced the arrival of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen, the second release in a series of special editions using rare whisky from “lost” distilleries.
For Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge and his small team of expert blenders, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series is an exciting exploration of flavour.
The new blend follows the release of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Brora last year, and uses Islay single malt from the now closed Port Ellen distillery.
Even though the Port Ellen distillery is now silent, Jim is excited to recapture the memory of the precious cargo of smoky Island single malts that was once carried on ships sailing from this famous distillery by balancing its unique character with other rare whiskies.
Jim said: “These whiskies deliver a fascinating glimpse into another world, exploring the unique, inimitable character of whiskies from a small number of iconic, closed distillieries that lend something very special to every drop of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
“‘Ghost’ whiskies from Caledonian and Carsebridge add layers of creamy, vanilla sweetness whilst rare malts from Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban deliver rolling waves of waxy citrus, rich malt and tropical fruit flavours – all perfectly balanced by the distinctive maritime smokiness of Port Ellen that lingers in the long and warming finish.”
Bottled with an ABV of 43.8%, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen will be available in the UK in October at a RRP of GBP £275.
At the end of last year, Diageo announced its plans to invest £35 million in restarting production at closed distilleries Port Ellen and Brora.