Two limited-edition bottles are being released for Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky that celebrate the cities of London and Edinburgh.
Unveiled last night on the London Eye, the London Edition bottle bears a golden cityscape featuring iconic landmarks such as the Big Ben tower, the Gherkin, Nelson’s Column and Tower Bridge.
The Edinburgh Edition bottle is due to be revealed today at a launch in Scotland, featuring a sweeping, spiral flow from the peak of Edinburgh Castle through to landmarks such as the Scott Monument and the Duke of Wellington statue alongside the city’s cobbled streets and walls.
Only 4,000 of the limited-edition bottles have been produced in total. The launches are being celebrated by special cocktails at Gong bar at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard by London Bridge and at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
At Gong, head bartender Christian Maspes has created a drink called Eagle Eye which combines Johnnie Walker Blue Label with a shrub made from black peppercorn, white strawberries, Demerara sugar and three types of vinegar: cider, sherry and clementine. This is mixed with Barolo Chinato fortified wine and Abbott’s Bitters and presented with a garnish of a stick of blueberry and violet meringue.
Available from June, the City Edition bottles are the first to be released outside of travel retail where the new Cities Collection was introduced in February with a bottle depicting Dubai. The previous Skyline Collection in travel retail featured cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Auckland.
Costing not much more than the standard Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the new City Edition bottles come in bespoke gift boxes with more illustrations of their respective cities. Edinburgh’s depicts Scotland’s national symbol, the thistle, and attractions such as The Balmoral Hotel and Arthur’s Seat while London’s packaging shows famous icons including St Paul’s Cathedral.