Scotch By Nino Marchetti / February 13, 2018 Among the many Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottlings which appear each year one of the more decorative ones tends to be the release celebrating Chinese New Year. The brand, for this year’s Year of the Dog, looks to have another beautiful bottle on its hands, courtesy of artist Page Tsou. The multi-award winning Taiwanese artist Tsou, according to those behind this release, collaborated with the Walker label for this fifth installment in this series. The 2018 bottle artwork follows the Striding Man as he celebrates the Lunar New Year alongside the design’s proudly displayed Shar Pei. Noted as being “decorated with precious metals and a lacquered, ink-jet finish, the bottle itself depicts an ancient Chinese triptych design of beautiful lanterns, fireworks, and dancing dragons, embodying emotions felt while ringing in the New Year: an eagerness for exploration to worlds unseen, and an inspired sense of optimism and progress – the cornerstone of Johnnie Walker. Man’s best friend is pictured standing honest and loyal while traveling through this vibrant landscape, representing the best traits of human nature.” “It is an honor to have been commissioned to create the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog bottle,” said Tsou in a prepared statement. “The precious design consists of a total of four dogs all chosen for their special meaning in Asia. This unique design tells the story of the Johnnie Walker Striding Man and a loyal companion as they journey around the world bringing prosperity and rejoicing in the arrival of the New Year. The design also contains various symbols of wealth and prosperity making this bottle extremely unique and the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year.” Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Dog is available nationwide now for a price of around $258 a bottle.