Johnnie Walker bottles Black Label Sherry FinishBy Georgie Pursey
Diageo-owned Johnnie Walker has launched Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Finish as a limited edition whisky.
Initially released in Taiwan, the blended Scotch is now available on shelves in more than 35 countries. It offers the familiar flavours of Johnnie Walker Black Label with the added mellow sweetness of figs and plums that comes from time spent in Sherry casks.
Johnnie Walker master blender Emma Walker said: “This is a whisky inspired by the bold and dynamic layers of flavour that Johnnie Walker Black Label is famed for.
“We have taken that unmistakable character and exceptional depth of flavour of Black Label and fired it with the mellow sweet smoothness of a Sherry finish so that the flavours dance with citrus; it is a taste collision of smooth and Sherry – and one that I’m extremely proud to add to the collection.”
The 40% ABV whisky was aged for 12 years prior to being finished in barrels seasoned with Sherry from Jerez.
It offers flavours from a blend of Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Islay whiskies, with notes of sweetness ‘wrapped in smoke’, as well as hints of dark chocolate and coffee.
The whisky is recommend to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks, as well as in cocktails such as a Black Sherry Highball made with blackcurrant and mint.
“It’s so exciting to see this new whisky sitting proudly alongside our range of Scotch,” said Johnnie Walker global brand director Julie Bramham. “We believe this is a whisky that tells the next chapter of the Johnnie Walker story, stepping forward and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Scotch – as we have always done.
“It’s a whisky that builds on the iconic legacy of Johnnie Walker Black Label and propels us into the next 200 years.”
The 700ml bottling is priced at RRP £33.99 (US$42.88)