We headed over to The Vault in Sri Hartamas on 2 March 2017 for the launch of the Johnnie Walker® Blenders’ Batch – the latest addition to the brand’s portfolio of whiskies. Johnnie Walker® Blenders’ Batch is a brand new, limited edition series of experimental whiskies that challenge convention while revealing the skills and continuous pursuit of flavours that drives the small team of expert blenders led by Master Blender, Dr. Jim Beveridge (whom I’ve had the honour of meeting personally a couple of years ago), a man whose personal journey making whisky began over 40 years ago. Inspired by the time he spent blending bourbon and rye in Kentucky in the 90s, the first Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch series are the result of experiments into the influence of bourbon and rye whisky flavours on Scotch.
The first whisky from the Blenders’ Batch series that is being released is the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish. Bottled in individually numbered bottles, this limited edition liquid is part of the progression in making whiskies that a new generation of whisky drinkers are seeking. The outcome of the experiments focused on what happens when the intensely sweet flavours of bourbon and rye whiskies are brought together with the depth and subtlety of carefully crafted Scotch whisky.
The new blend is a bold experiment in flavours which are drawn from over 200 whisky samples, aged in first-fill bourbon casks and finished for up to six months in former rye casks. The Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish features whiskies from just five (5) distilleries including Dufftown and the now closed Port Dundas, making it rich and warming with an intense honeyed sweetness on the palate.
We got to experiment with flavours by making our own concoction of Scotch-inspired cocktails using simple ingredients such as eggs, cinnamon sticks, ginger, coffee, vanilla and fruits. We also got to partake of some delicious canapes inside the Vault and at the end of the night outside at the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch lok lok truck! Nothing like some delicious lok lok to end the night!
You can now enjoy a variety of Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask and Rye Finish cocktails at select outlets nationwide including Mish Mash, The Vault, Forking Cork, Urban & Co, Culture Club, Mulligan’s Signature, Pawn Room, The Attic, Berlin, Chaze, Suzie Wong, Locker & Loft and O’Sesame for a limited time only.
For more information, head over to www.johnniewalker.com or https://www.facebook.com/JohnnieWalkerMalaysia/
Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com) and author’s own (photos without Andy’s watermark) using the Panasonic Lumix LX10.
I used the “Clear Night Portrait” mode for the people shots and the camera must be held very steady if not on a tripod. Unfortunately as it was a drinking event, my hands were not exactly at their steadiest but fortunately the camera’s image stabilisation compensated a bit.
To find out more about the camera, head over to http://www.panasonic.com/my/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lumix-digital-cameras/advanced-creative/dmc-lx10.html