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  • Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish Scotch Whisky
  • Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish Scotch Whisky
  • Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish Scotch Whisky

Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish Scotch Whisky

This limited edition Johnnie Walker blend was aged for at least 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished for one month in ex-rye casks.
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Upon his father's death in 1820, a young grocer named Johnnie Walker invested his £417 inheritance into a grocery and spirits shop on High Street in Scotland. While Walker himself was a teetotaler, he sold a popular single malt whisky under the name Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky (at the time, it was common for each store to have its own unique spirits). Walker's store was moderately successful, but by the time he retired in the 1850s, whisky sales represented just 8% of his business.

In 1857, Alexander Walker — Johnnie Walker's eldest son — inherited the store and began improving its selection of single malt Scotch whiskies. Alexander had previously apprenticed with a tea merchant in Glasgow and there, had learned the art of blending tea. Under his stewardship, the House of Walker began blending whisky and bottling it in an iconic, square bottle adorned with a slanted label. In addition, Walker began crafting exclusive Scotch whiskies for employees and private gatherings — treasured whiskies that were only shared with a select few groups on special occasions.

Inspired by this tradition, Johnnie Walker has unveiled a new “Select Cask” series, in which Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish Whisky is the inaugural release. The blend itself is dominated by a Cardhu malt, which is expertly married with several other grain whiskies, and is aged for a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels. After this initial beautyrest, it is finished in ex-rye casks for approximately one month before bottling.

As a result of this unique finishing process, Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish Whisky has a smoky nose of burnt marshmallows and graham crackers, which leads to a bold palate filled with notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, raisin and toasted oak. The finish is exceptionally smooth and bursting with spice.

“We have a team of 13 blenders experimenting with different whiskies,” says Brian Cox, marketing manager for the Johnnie Walker portfolio. “Some experiments, like Double Black, turn out to be very much in the house style and available in enough quantity that we can make them permanent parts of the portfolio. Some are more finite by nature, involving research to learn more about different flavor profiles, aging techniques, and so on. Rye Cask Finish is one of the latter.”

Pick up a brand-new, experimental whiskey today!

Smoky nose of burnt marshmallows and graham crackers, which leads to a bold palate filled with notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, raisin and toasted oak. Finish is exceptionally smooth and bursting with spice.

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