New Johnnie Walker Scotch Is A 50 Year Old, $25,000 Collectible Beast - The Whiskey Wash

New Johnnie Walker Scotch Is A 50 Year Old, $25,000 Collectible Beast

By Nino Marchetti / October 23, 2018

The world of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky is one which slides along the price scale of your wallet. You can get a Red Label, for example, for pretty much a song and a dance, with the range beyond working its way ultimately into some pretty pricy bottlings. Now a new Walker has emerged, being one of the most expensive and rare to date.

The new John Walker Masters’ Edition, according to those behind it, has been crafted from six rare whiskies, each aged for a minimum of 50 years. These whiskies were drawn from very old distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker (1805-1857). Specifically this blended Scotch

features single malt whiskies drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three grain whiskies used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.

The Masters’ Edition is a triple-matured Scotch whisky that’s been finished in small batches in a bespoke marrying cask made of 100 year oak staves. It is presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, rare double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and comes housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

John Walker Masters' Edition

John Walker Masters’ Edition (image via Diageo)

“Fifty year old whiskies are very rare,” said Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams, in a prepared statement. “Whiskies of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavour and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”

“Each drop of this whisky has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskies to be found in our reserves,” added Beveridge. “About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognised that these individual whiskies were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.”

Plans call for just 100 bottles of The John Walker Masters’ Edition, bottled at 43.3% ABV and pricing at $25,000, to be made available.