New Johnnie Walker Line Up Focuses Upon Regions Of Scotland

If there’s ever been an ongoing brand of whisk(e)y that’s sliced and diced in as many possible ways as one can, it has to be Johnnie Walker from Diageo. You likely know most of the mainstream variants under the Walker family, so we will spare you rehashing all of them here. What is interesting to know though is yet another mini range is set to be released, this time under Black Label, that explores the four corners of Scotland and its flavor profiles.

The new Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series, according to those behind it, is a series of of 12 year old blended Scotch whiskies that are said to celebrate each of the “distinct flavor profiles of the four corners of Scotland.” To that end these limited editions are crafted only using whiskies from a particular region to capture the flavor characteristics of that area.

More specifically, based upon information put out by Diageo:

  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Speyside Origin is a light and fruity whisky with hints of cut green apples and orchard fruit. It is made exclusively from quality single malts from the Speyside region of Scotland, with whisky from the distilleries of Cardhu and Glendullan at its heart
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Highlands Origin has a rich and dark fruitiness, with red berry and stone fruit notes. It is crafted exclusively from single malts from the Highlands, with whisky from Clynelish and Teaninich at its core
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Islay Origin has a slight spice and is for people want to explore whiskies with a warming maritime smokiness. It is made exclusively from exceptional Islay single malts, including Lagavulin and Caol Ila
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label Lowlands Origin has a sweet, creamy vanilla character and notes of toffee. It is made exclusively from a variety of single malt and grain whiskies from the Lowlands including Glenkinchie and Cameronbridge

“I’ve always been fascinated by the distinct favour profiles that distilleries from each of the four corners of Scotland offer, and what they individually add to our whiskies,” said George Harper, Johnnie Walker whisky specialist, in a prepared statement. “The Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series gives us the opportunity to take people on a guided tour of the whisky producing regions, with each edition delving deeper into the four signature notes of Johnnie Walker Black Label – sweet vanilla, orchard fruit, rich fruit and smoke.”

Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series

The Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series (image via Diageo)

As it stands now plans call for this series to be available globally at travel retail in 1 liter bottles for around $46. The series packaging doubles as a accompanying guide to the whisky, and the region it comes from. Every limited-edition pack is adorned with a map of Scotland. The region that the whisky within originates from (Speyside, Highlands, Islay, or Lowlands) is highlighted, along with interesting facts and trivia relating to that part of the country.