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.
It is the first in a series of single cask bottlings from the 1960s and 1970s called The Extraordinary Cask Collection.
There are 179 bottles of the 1970 single cask whisky and it costs £3000/€4000/$5000. The 40.6% whisky is natural cask strength and non-chill filtered. It matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead.
Berry Bros & Rudd brand heritage director Ronnie Cox said: “Extraordinary is a term associated with the heritage of the wines sourced and endorsed by Berry Bros. & Rudd. It applies equally to these casks selected for their personality and excellence, allowing them to stand alone as examples of the supremacy of The Glenrothes bloodline. The first of these is a whisky distilled in 1970 which, in keeping with The Glenrothes’ philosophy to bottle at peak maturity, is now ready to be committed to glass. The anticipation for this release is such that the first Extraordinary Cask is on allocation only.”
The bottle and secondary packaging was designed by Brandhouse. The whisky comes in a hand-blown lead crystal decanter with a brass plaque and the head of the stopper has been fashioned from the wood of the cask that housed the whisky. The secondary packaging is a leather luggage-style case.