Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Whiskies
Staring at the remains of a successful shift through the steam of a well-earned espresso - whisky blending will be as far from your mind as might be possible.
Bartenders and blenders share a lot of similarities. Both are alchemists - they mix, match and experiment with flavour to create something fresh and unique, every time. And both share a passion for exploring new ideas through taste.
The recent limited edition whiskies - Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Rum Cask Finish and Espresso Roast - are experimental in nature, the result of many experiments carried out by our 12 Whisky Masters. And, just as you have new twists on an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan - our whisky experts are always exploring unique flavour combinations they hope will find their way into the latest cocktails.
This is why our small team of experts who developed these whiskies, opened their doors to leading bartenders and taste pioneers from around the world including Ryan Chetiyawardana (owner of Dandelyan, number two on the 2017 list of the World’s 50 Best Bars) and Andrew Ferreira (World Class Bartender of the Year 2017 Ireland). In a meeting of minds, they were invited to experiment with the new whiskies.
For Whisky Master, Aimée Gibson, who led the development of the latest series of Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies, it was an exciting opportunity to share new ideas: “As blenders we collaborate a great deal and love the chance to work with bartenders. It gives us a well-rounded understanding of the possibilities in flavour.”
She adds: “It was fascinating to see Ryan craft The Fertado using cardamom and raspberries - it’s a remarkable combination for the Espresso Roast.”