Johnnie Walker®, the world’s number one blended Scotch Whisky, is launching an exciting limited-edition new whisky, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sweet Peat, the latest creation from their experimental Blenders’ Batch project.
Over a decade ago, a small team of Johnnie Walker blenders began a series of experiments matching flavours and aromas to explore what happens when different types of smoke and sweetness collide. Limited edition small batches are the pinnacle of these experiments and Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Sweet Peat is the new, exciting result of when caramel sweetness meets peated smoke.
At the heart of Johnnie Walker Sweet Peat is whisky from the island distillery of Caol Ila, matured in refill casks and specifically chosen for its soft bonfire smoke and hidden sweetness. Speyside malts, including Cardhu, matured in refill casks, add sweet fresh fruit flavours such as apple, orange and pineapple. Whisky from Glendullan, aged in sherry casks, brings additional sweetness, rich fruity notes and balance.
Blender George Harper led the creation of the new whisky in collaboration with two-time Master Blender of the Year Jim Beveridge. George said: “I’m incredibly proud of this whisky. It’s the result of 10 years of experiments and has been well worth the wait. Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sweet Peat is equal parts exciting, delicious and unexpected, and I think whisky fans – both those who are really into smoke and those who prefer a sweeter Scotch – are in for a treat”.
Diageo’s Australian National Whisky Ambassador, Simon McGorman, added: “Here in Australia, there’s a real appetite for inventive whisky blends and TheBlenders’ Batch project is all about unlocking flavour in the most surprising ways to create a new taste experience. Whilst Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sweet Peat is ideal for the discerning whisky drinker looking for something different, its smoothness and depth of flavour also make it accessible for everyone – even those who haven’t tried whisky before.”
The limited-edition Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sweet Peat (40.8% ABV) will only be available in Dan Murphy’s stores from early January 2019, RRP $55.
Each blend is designed to form the foundation of exceptional Scotch cocktails or can also be enjoyed straight up over ice. Recipe ideas are below:
HIGHLAND GOLD RUSH
- 60ml Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sweet Peat
- 30ml Honey syrup (mix of half honey, half water)
- 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and serve with three slices of fresh ginger.
Approx. 2 Std. Drink
- 30ml Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Sweet Peat
- 15ml maple syrup
- 15ml fresh lemon juice
- Chilled soda
Method: Add your Johnnie Walker, maple syrup & lemon to a highball (tall) glass. Add ice to the brim & stir. Top with ice and add chilled soda. Stir again briefly & garnish with a slice of lemon & a sprig of rosemary – perfect for smoky afternoon around the BBQ.
Approx. 1 Std. Drink