$25,000 for a bottle – Johnnie Walker launches its first 50-year-old whisky


Crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskies, each aged for a minimum of 50 years and packaged in a black crystal Baccarat decanter, the John Walker Masters’ Edition from Johnnie Walker promises to be one of the most memorable Scotch whiskys from the world famous distillery. This triple-matured Scotch is the first 50 year old scotch in the history of the Johnnie Walker.

The whiskies in The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been drawn from distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker (1805-1857) including the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three grain whiskies used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.
Just 100 bottles of this rare Scotch have been created, each one presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, rare double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

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Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said, “Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves. About 20 years ago, 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.”

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The John Walker Masters’ Edition is priced at $25,000 (US) and is available in limited, selected markets. One bottle will be auctioned at Bonhams, Hong Kong in 2019.