A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
The French drinks giant announced the sale on 8 April. The deal was closed on 29 May. The total price of the American straight bourbon brand and related businesses was US$ 581 million in cash - € 417 million at the current exchange rate.