Johnnie Walker unveils Blender's Batch series
Johnnie Walker has revealed an experimental collection of whiskies created to celebrate the craftsmanship and skill of Scotch blending.
The Blender’s Batch series has initially been launched with two expressions, Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast and Rum Cask Finish.
The blends have been developed and refined over the past ten years in collaboration between Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Jim Beveridge and his expert team of blenders, and whisky influencers.
Espresso Roast is an intense whisky with notes of rich coffee and dark chocolate. The blend is infused with roasted malt and spicy wood hints. The project was headed up by Aimee Gibson, one of the new generation of Johnnie Walker blenders. It is also steered by leading coffee expert James Hoffman, supported by industry figures including Ali Reynolds and with guidance from Ryan Chetiyawardana.
The Rum Cask Finish variant signifies ten years of experiments carefully conditioning scotch in casks that previously held rum. Expert blender Chris Clark, who was responsible for rum quality for 16 years at Diageo, contributed his extensive knowledge to developing this variant.
Ali Reynolds, Johnnie Walker brand ambassador at Diageo Reserve, said: “Blenders’ Batch paves the way for crafting truly exceptional cocktails and unlocks a wealth of opportunity for both the bartenders and consumers. Blenders’ Batch is all about perfecting flavours by getting the balance right. Both new variants have been crafted by leading taste influencers who have shared years of expertise to now offer discerning whisky drinkers and those new to the spirit, the chance to discover and explore whisky at its best.”
Both variants are priced at £30 for a 50cl bottle.