Diageo’s Johnnie Walker blended Scotch whisky brand has debuted a second expression in its Jane Walker series, which kicked off in 2018. This latest bottling was blended by Johnnie Walker Master Blender Emma Walker as part of Diageo’s new campaign “celebrating the talented, bold and pioneering women who make some of the world’s most beloved spirits.”
The new Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker limited edition blend, according to those behind it, favors ” whisky from Cardhu – a nearly 200-year-old distillery in the heart of Speyside that flourished under the leadership of Elizabeth Cumming. This pioneering woman ultimately sold Cardhu to the Walker family in 1893, but played a significant role in the brand’s history.”
The role of putting together this release fell primarily to Emma Walker, who has access to to more than ten million casks of maturing whisky from distilleries across Scotland. It is said that “combining her extensive scientific research and spirits industry background with a precise palette and understanding of flavor, she brings to life a well-rounded and smooth whisky.”
“Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker is a celebration of the pioneering women who stretched boundaries throughout the history of Johnnie Walker, and the whisky is an excellent example of the depth of flavor and innovative blends we can create from our incredible reserves,” said Emma Walker in a prepared statement.
The push of this new release is tied to Diageo’s Craftswomen program, which is a focus by them to highlight some of the amazing work female distillers and blenders do under the spirit giant’s larger portfolio. On the whisk(e)y front this includes as well the likes of Bulleit Blender Eboni Major, Crown Royal Master Whisky Blender Joanna Scandella, Buchanan’sMaster Blender Maureen Robinson and Cascade Hollow General Manager and Distiller Nicole Austin.
Plans call for this new whisky, bottled at 41.9% ABV, to be released this spring for around $38 per 750 ml bottle. It has been aged for a decade, and official tasting notes indicate “notes of ripe orchard fruit and white peaches, which develop into hints of baked apple and sweet cream, with a lingering dark chocolate finish.”
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...