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JOHNNIE WALKER RELEASED PORT ELLEN EDITION OF “BLUE LABEL GHOST AND RARE” IN SINGAPORE

By Staff Reporter

22-2-2019



Diageo owned whisky brand Johnnie Walker has launched the second entry of its limited edition “Blue Label Ghost and Rare” series in Singapore.

The “Ghost and Rare” series draws on “ghost” stocks of rare malts at Scotch distilleries closed long time ago. This second edition focuses on stocks from the closed Port Ellen distillery on Islay while the previous edition used whiskies from the closed Brora distillery.

Port Ellen distillery was not well known during its lifetime. Since its closure in 1983, according to the company’s website, Port Ellen has risen in stature to become one of the world's most sought-after single malts.

This latest release brings together malts from Port Ellen with grain whiskies from closed Carsebridge and Caledonian distilleries, as well as rare malts from functioning Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban distilleries.

The result is an integration of Port Ellen’s smoky lemons and chamois leather with soft spice and sweet fruit.

Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Jim Beveridge, has long been fascinated by how whiskies from a small number of distilleries that closed many years ago can bring extraordinary richness to modern day expressions.

“These whiskies deliver a fascinating glimpse into another world, exploring the unique, inimitable character of whiskies from a small number of iconic closed distilleries that lend something very special to every drop of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. It’s really interesting to be able to put a spotlight on the character of these whiskies,” said Beveridge.

Whiskies from Caledonian and Carsebridge give the blend “layers of creamy, vanilla sweetness”, according to Beveridge, while malts from Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban add “rolling waves of waxy citrus, rich malt and tropical fruit flavours”. But the Port Ellen ties it all together with “distinctive maritime smokiness…that lingers in the long and warming finish.”

Diageo has announced in 2017 that both the Brora and Port Ellen distilleries will be restored and will reopen in 2020.

Bottled at 43.8% ABV, each of the “Blue Label Ghost and Rare” is individually numbered. They are available at all 1855 Bottle Shops and specialist stores across Singapore with a price tag of S$518.

(the writer can be contacted at: info@thewinechronicle.com)

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